It’s been three months since Governor Gary Herbert appointed Sean Reyes to fill the vacancy left by John Swallow in the Attorney General’s office, and today Reyes officially filed to run to keep the spot for the remainder of Swallow’s term.
Reyes says he wants to keep his position so he can continue implementing changes aimed at improving the public’s eroding trust in the Attorney General’s office in the aftermath of the John Swallow scandals. He says he’s already seeing results and he’d like to continue what he’s started.
“I’ve received tremendous feedback internally from our own people that moral has increased, that they feel more trust, even in the process, and that’s why we’ve been taking real care and looking at a number of policies and issues to make sure we’re doing things the right way,” he says.
While it’s not uncommon for politicians to run for re-election while serving in office, Reyes admits that the circumstances of this special election mean he’ll have to be careful about how he campaigns.
“I’ve said from the very beginning that my priority is to be the Attorney General and to take care of and dispense the duties of the Attorney General and that the office comes first," he says. "Now, I recognize that it’s certainly a privilege to be a public servant. And I’ll have to work very hard on the campaign side to earn that privilege again to represent the citizens of the state of Utah.”
Democrat Charles Stormont and Libertarian Andrew McCullough have also filed to run for Attorney General.