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LDS Politician Bill Orton enters Utah governor's race as Democratic candidate
Deseret News 15Mar00 D2
ByBob Bernick Jr.: Deseret News political editor


Leavitt, Orton File for Utah Governor Race
Salt Lake Tribune 16Mar00 D2
By Dan Harrie: Salt Lake Tribune


Orton's Entry Gives Democrats A Needed
Salt Lake Tribune 16Mar00 D2
By John Heilprin: Salt Lake Tribune

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- In his anncouncement speech Wednesday in the Capitol rotunda, former Democratic Congressman Bill Orton entered the race against Republican Governor Mike Leavitt. The 5l-year-old lawyer who represented the 3rd Congressional District for six years until January 1997, agreed not to enter the race until September and won't raise much money. These two requirements by Orton are seen as a handicap by some.

Orton said he won't sacrifice his family life with his wife and two small sons along with his health. He is still recovering from a serious back injury. Orton explained that campaign-finance reform, gun safety and education are central to his agenda. He is also answering a higher call. He believes his credentials as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints qualify him to accept the admonition of Church President, Gordon B. Hinckley.

"Hinckley has admonished us all that if we want good government and to protect liberty we have to be willing to get involved in government and be willing to run for public office," Orton said. He also believes the Mormon prophet's remarks that there was 'no reason a good Mormon could not also be a Democrat."

Orton's opponent, current Governor Mike Leavitt also filed his candidacy for re-election on Wednesday. "I have never been better prepared for public service than I am right now," said Leavitt. "I love this job and I can't think of a job I would rather have in the country." As of Wednesday, three Republicans had filed for office: Timothy Lawson of Orem, Glen P. Davis of Salt Lake City and Steven Stromness of Sandy.

Orton told reporters after his announcement, "I don't think I will raise much money." "I will not seek, nor will I accept big money, special interest or corporate contributions." "I suppose at some point I'll have to hire some staff to answer phones and such. But I will be relying on volunteers." He also pledged support for Lt. Gov. Olene Walker to be his running mate for the third time. "She'll be my partner for the next four years," he predicted. "It will be entirely up to her." Walker later said "absolutely" she will run again.


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