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Utah GOP gubernatorial candidates name economy as top issue they'll address

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Hours before polls close for the primary election, 2News spoke to Utah's GOP gubernatorial candidates about their top campaign issues. (Photo: KUTV)

Hours before polls close for the primary election, 2News spoke to Utah's GOP gubernatorial candidates about their top campaign issues.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says he is most concerned about the health and safety of the people, and the economy.

“The health and safety of our people and the health of our economy, he said. "We understand how important that balance is right now and the good news is Utah is doing better than any other state in the nation. But we also have to keep people safe at the same time."

The coronavirus has changed everything but we are getting though this and we’ll come out better on the other side."

Greg Hughes wants to be smart about keeping people working, and getting kids back to school during the pandemic.

“We have in strange times and hard time with this virus our liberties have been infringed upon and as your governor I will not look to interrupt your employment," Hughes said.

We’ll get your kids back to school, and will take smart precautions of how we do it so we can get this economy and the people back as a state.

Jon Huntsman said he's the only candidate with a proven track record to get the state's economy back on track.

“Make sure we recover from COVID economically. We’ll have a vaccine soon enough and it’s gonna be how do we get out of this economic hole," he said. "That’s gonna take someone with a plan. I doubled our state’s GDP. So if you’re gonna say how are we gonna get money for school, roads and highways for a state that’s growing at twice the national average."

The only way to do it is by earning your way through it and I’m the only one who has any experience doing this before.

Thomas Wright cited the economy and education as his top priorities.

“The economy, making sure we get it back on track. Once we’ve done that education has to be our number one focus," Wright said.

Make sure we’re getting out of the way of teachers and letting them do what they do best and making sure they’re fairly compensated. And that Utahns have a world class education system that will allow our kids to compete on a global stage.

For election results, visit: kutv.com/news/election-results