Gary Herbert: I offer my fellow Utahns a track record of leadership that produces results and a vision to further solidify our state as the best place to live, work, play and raise a family.
There are four cornerstones to keeping Utah strong and that's where my focus has been and will be.
Education: An educated workforce is key to a prosperous economy.
We have worked to increase accountability in the system, to make every dollar count by embracing innovation and our growing economy made it possible to increase education funding by $200 million last year.
Utah is one the most educated states, per capita, in the nation. We must continue to foster a love of learning in order to ensure a bright future for our children. To reach our potential, I have set a goal of 66 percent of adults to have a college degree or post-graduate certificate by the year 2020.
Jobs: We will promote public policies that lead to private sector job growth.
When other states raised taxes to make ends meet during the economic downturn, we balanced the budget without increasing the tax burden. Our job growth allowed us to cut taxes this year.
A strong economy is key to a high quality of life. I know government doesn't create jobs so I work to keep government off your back and out of your wallet. In that environment, businesses can grow, families can plan and we prosper as a state.
Energy: We will ensure access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy by producing 25% more electrical energy than we consume by 2020.
Self-determination: We will continue to cultivate Utah solutions for health care, public lands and immigration.
I will remain committed to these guiding principles and goals throughout my second term so that Utah may continue to be an economic leader for the rest of the nation.
Ken Larsen: My name is Doctor Ken Larsen. I am the Libertarian candidate for Governor.
I was born and raised in Provo. Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor Order of the Arrow, Mormon mission to France, Ph.D in biology from BYU in 1974, retired from the University of Utah as a Research Associate Professor of Medicine. Over 40 years politically active in forming new parties, running for various offices.
The Founders said: "No person shall be ... deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. " Most politicians agree that government should protect personal life, including clean air and water. However, the right wants to control personal liberty and the left wants to control personal property. If you believe government should protect all three, you might be a libertarian.
As Governor, I will immediately end the enforcement of some unconstitutional laws, such as marriage discrimination, gun registration and the drug war. Other programs, such as government control of medicine, will take time to carefully unravel with minimum harm.
I have written a book, "Peace On Earth" that explains my principles. It is about a man doing Santa Claus, having a near-death experience, and receiving infinite spiritual powers with a mission to go to Israel and make Peace on Earth. It is a fun story with a serious message. I believe this book contains the solution for rebuilding the Temple of Solomon without violence or bloodshed.
I think the most important issues are economic. We face a potential financial melt-down. It is essential that we make all the cuts we can. We must stop spending money we don't have.
Right now, humanity is facing several challenges. In every case, we can work through the crisis with mutual trust and cooperation. Astronomical events might disrupt our communications and power grids. We might suddenly need to trade and work together without a common currency. We can survive if we work together and set politics aside.