Utah’s representative for Governor Lyman chooses a new running mate

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s gubernatorial candidate, state Rep. Phil Lyman, has chosen a new running mate for lieutenant governor. In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Lyman announced that Natalie Clawson will be joining him on the campaign trail.

Lyman was the overwhelming favorite of GOP delegates in Utah at their April 27 nominating convention. He received 67.5%, while Utah Governor Spencer Cox received 32.5% of the delegates’ votes.

Rep. Lyman and Governor Cox will face off in the primaries on June 25.

Lyman’s first running mate choice

Lyman was forced to choose another running mate after a judge in Utah’s 3rd District rejected the candidacy of Layne Bangerter, Lyman’s first choice for lieutenant governor. The issue came to court after Lyman sued Utah Lt. Gov. Diedre Henderson’s office. In the lawsuit, Lyman alleged that Henderson’s office engaged in election interference by not allowing Bangerter’s candidacy.

The question of Bangerter’s eligibility concerned how long he will have lived in Utah before the June 2024 primary. The Utah lieutenant governor’s office argued that by moving to Utah from Idaho in 2021, Bangerter would not met the Utah Constitution’s requirement that a candidate for lieutenant governor must have resided in Utah for five years prior to the date of the election.

Lyman disagreed with the constitutional interpretation of the Utah lieutenant governor’s office and filed a lawsuit. On Friday, Judge Matthew Bates of Utah’s 3rd District Court ruled in favor of the lieutenant governor’s office.

Who is Natalie Clawson?

According to a press release from Lyman, Clawson is originally from Utah and lives with her husband and children in Highland, Utah. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a doctorate in law from BYU. She has worked at BYU’s Center for International Law and Religious Studies.

And she has been “involved in politics in various capacities at the local grassroots level,” according to Lawson’s press release.

“I am thrilled that Natalie is joining this campaign,” said Lyman. “She brings impressive skills, connections, integrity and experience to the office….”

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