FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—May 4, 2020, Salt Lake City, UT—Republican gubernatorial candidate Jan Garbett has withdrawn her appeal to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. This action effectively ends her 2020 campaign for Governor of Utah.
“This is certainly not the outcome we worked so hard for.” Garbett said, “I am disappointed that the courts did not make Utah’s election process fair in the face of the pandemic, as so many other states have done. And of course I’m disappointed on a personal level as well—I feel I have a great deal to offer the people of this state on a great many issues. But most of all, I’m disappointed that the people of Utah are once again being denied the opportunity to have a real choice in the Governor’s race.”
Garbett continued, “We’ve learned from this experience just how hard it is for a political outsider candidate to get on the ballot in the State of Utah: it’s nearly impossible, and it’s designed to be that way. I am a person of significant but not unlimited resources, and I simply couldn’t fight the Governor, the Legislature, and the Courts all at the same time. I don’t think a person with fewer resources could ever have a chance.”
“But I am not going away! Even though my campaign was cut short by COVID-19, I got the chance to hear from Utahns about what matters to them. And those issues are too important to ignore. Going forward, I will continue my fight for the people of Utah in a different way. I will be joining forces with the non-profit group People4Utah to find ways to ease the burdens on political outsiders and moderate candidates of all parties. Our political leaders will be hearing from me!”
“It’s a travesty that no major political party in all of Utah history has ever had a female candidate for governor on their primary ballot,” said Dr. Joe Jarvis, Garbett’s Lt. Governor running mate. “I’m deeply disappointed that this shameful record will continue for another year. Jan would’ve made an excellent governor.”
Speaking together, Jan and Joe said, “We’d like to thank everyone who’s supported us over the course of this journey. If you donated, signed our petition, or even sent us an encouraging message online, thank you so very much! We’d also like to thank our talented team for their excellent work. We’ll be looking to them in the future to help us continue the good fight to make a difference for all the people of Utah.”
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