Utah Governor

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 03, 2020

Filing Window

Mar 06, 2020 - Mar 11, 2020


The Governor of the State of Utah is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Utah. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is not subject to term limits. The Governor upholds and executes all state laws and transacts state and executive business. The governor is responsible for presenting the annual state budget and "State of the State" speech. Additionally, the governor has the power to convene a special session of the state legislature and to grant reprieves and pardons. He is also the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. Other duties and privileges of the office include: Requiring written information from the officer of any executive department or the head of any state institution of any aspect of the duties, condition, and expenses of the department or institution; Appointing investigative committees to look at any department or institution if the legislature is in recess. In such cases, the Governor must include the committee's findings in her next report to the legislature; Convening the Senate alone in extraordinary session; Adjourning the legislatures when the two chambers cannot agree to do so themselves; Vetoing bills, including appropriations, subject to a two-thirds legislative override; Filling vacancies in all offices not otherwise provided for, by a commission that expires at the next general election; Appointing all offices not otherwise provided for, with the advice and consent of the Senate; Sitting on the Board of Pardons with the Justices of the Utah Supreme Court and the Attorney General of Utah; Sitting on both the Board of Examiners and the Board of State Prison Commissioners with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General; Sitting on the Board of Insane Asylum Commissioners with the State Treasurer and the State Auditor; Sitting on the Board of Reform School Commissioners with the Attorney General and the Utah Superintendent of Public Instruction; Signing and sealing all grants and commissions made by the state of Utah; Officially using "The Great Seal of the State of Utah." The salary for this position is $109,470/year.

Application Guidelines
To file as an unaffiliated candidate in Utah follow these three steps: 1) Contact the Utah Lieutenant Governor Elections Division to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain petition forms and a certificate of nomination form from the office. Begin collecting signatures. Before submitting the signatures to the Elections Division, the signatures need to be verified first by the appropriate county clerk. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including financial disclosure forms and a petition composed of a stipulated number of signatures. Statewide candidates (e.g., governor, attorney general) must collect 1,000 signatures. All other candidates must collect at least 300 signatures or 5% of the registered voters living in the district/area (whichever is less). Accompany these documents with a Filing Fee. Next, file this paperwork with the Utah Lieutenant Governor Elections Division if you plan to run for a statewide office. Multi-County districts file with the Utah Lieutenant Governor Elections Division as well, however Single-County district candidates file with the County Clerk of the county in which the district resides. 3) Submit the candidacy filing paperwork to the filing officer during the filling window. The filing window begins the second Friday in March and ends the third Thursday in March. Listed below is the phone number of the Utah Lieutenant Governor Elections Division, which serves as the point of contact for any questions or concerns. Utah Lieutenant Governor Elections Division contact information: phone (801) 538-1041 or email: elections@utah.gov. Please be aware that when a candidate declares candidacy or begins spending or collecting money for the campaign, they are required to begin disclosing their campaign's finances. Additionally, please note another source to to answer questions and concerns is the local County Clerk. Contact information for the County Clerks can be found here: http://elections.utah.gov/election-resources/county-clerks

Submit application to:
Utah Lieutenant Governor, Elections Division, 350 State St #220, Salt Lake City, UT, 84103, US