Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Democratic rival Peter Corroon filed to run for governor on Wednesday, March 17. Herbert and Corroon are vying to fill out the remainder of former Governor Jon Huntsman’s term which expires in 2012. Herbert took office in August after Huntsman resigned to become U.S. Ambassador to China.One issue that divides the two candidates is campaign contribution limits. Herbert opposes caps while Corroon does not. The Republican-dominated legislature passed a new ethics bill but Corroon says it does not go far enough and he supports a citizen ethics initiative.”I think the citizens have come up with some good initiatives for ethics and I think we should allow that process to go forward,” Corroon says. “Let the citizens have their say; let the citizens be included in the process of creating the ethics reform that they would like to see. “So yes, I think the process should go forward.”The Salt Lake County Mayor told KVNU he believes he is the best candidate to help Utah lead the nation in economic growth, education and the renewable energy economy. In a statement made after he filed for the office of governor, Herbert accused Corroon of making “petty” attacks on his record.
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