Merrill Cook has entered the race for Utah State Treasurer, the Utah Republican Party confirmed to Utah Politico Hub on Friday.
The former Congressman is the fourth to enter the race to replace current Utah State Treasurer, Richard Ellis, who stepped down, effective November 1, to take a position with the state’s non-profit college savings program. Neil Walter, Phil Conder, and David Damschen have previously announced their candidacies for the office. Conder has yet to submit the paperwork to make his candidacy official, but has told Utah Politico Hub he intends to run.
Cook is a well known figure in Utah politics. In addition to serving in Congress from 1997 to 2001, Cook has run for the Utah Board of Education, Salt Lake City Mayor, the Salt Lake County Commission (which preceded the Salt Lake County Council), Salt Lake County Mayor, the US Senate, and to return to Congress in both in the 2nd and 3rd Districts.
Cook was educated at the University of Utah and Harvard Business School, and in 1973 founded Cook Slurry Company, a mining explosives manufacturer, of which he served as president and chief executive.
The GOP’s State Central Committee will meet on Saturday, Nov. 21st to select three names to forward to Governor Gary Herbert for appointment to complete Ellis’ term.
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