Kathleen Bailey enters the race for Utah Treasurer

Kathleen Bailey, a former Wall Street analyst and investment manager, has entered the race for Utah State Treasurer. Bailey is the fifth 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.  Merrill Cook, Neil Walter, Phil Conder, and David Damschen have previously announced their candidacies for the office. Bailey earned an MBA from UCLA and worked in San Francisco as an equity analyst for two major investment banks. The GOP’s State Central Committee will meet on…

Merrill Cook running for Utah State Treasurer

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…

David Damschen announces his candidacy for Utah State Treasurer

David Damschen has announced his candidacy for Utah State Treasurer. Damschen has been employed as Chief Deputy State Treasurer for the last seven years. Damschen is the third candidate 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, a financial analyst and former candidate for Congress from St. George, and Phil Conder, a deputy in the Salt Lake County Treasurer’s office have announced their campaigns for state treasurer previously. Damschen made…

Phil Conder to run for State Treasurer

In an interview with Utah Politico Hub Wednesday morning, Phil Conder confirmed that he is running for Utah State Treasurer. Richard Ellis will resign from the office in November. Neil Walter of Washington County has also announced he is running for State Treasurer. Conder said that he intends “to bring the [Treasurer’s] office into the twenty-first century.” He decided to run after receiving calls from friends and associates urging him to consider the post. A Salt Lake County resident and graduate from the University of Utah, Conder is currently the Budget, Fiscal…

Neil Walter to announce candidacy for State Treasurer

In an interview with Utah Politico Hub Tuesday night, Neil Walter confirmed that he is running for Utah State Treasurer. Richard Ellis will resign from the office in November. Walter ran for the Congress in 2010, losing the Republican nomination to Morgan Philpot. In addition to working as Chief Operating Officer and an owner of Brookings Holdings, a residential and commercial real estate company, Walter is a part-time/adjunct instructor at Dixie State University in finance and economics. Walter holds a BS in finance from BYU, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University,…

How Much Debt Does Utah Have?

How much debt does Utah actually have? And how will that debt affect Utah’s ability to fund important priorities in coming years?  Utah’s historical measure of its general obligation debt is higher than average for states with a AAA debt rating, but other liabilities might raise it higher still.  Only prudent policy will allow Utah to plan for the future.   Did you know that the Utah Constitution imposes constitutional limits on the amount of debt the state can carry? From Article XIV, Section 1: To meet casual deficits or failures in…