Former Obama Administration Official and University of Utah Business Law Professor to Leverage Consumer Protection Track Record; Democratic Party Candidate will Focus on Well-Being of Working Families
Salt Lake City, Utah — Today Chris Peterson declared his candidacy for governor of Utah. The University of Utah Law Professor and former Obama Administration Official plans to compete for the Democratic Party’s nomination. Peterson will focus on protecting the dignity of working families and advocating for accountability in state politics.
“I’m running for governor because I want to fight for working people. Despite all of Utah’s success, too many of our families are still struggling to get by,” said Peterson. “In 2020 every Utahn deserves access to affordable health care, a great education, clean air, and a government that respects public opinion.”
“Instead of ensuring our seniors get their medicine or that our kids receive a first-class education, our leaders have been trying to raise taxes on food,” said Peterson. “This makes no sense and the public knows it. It’s time for a change that restores some balance to Utah government.”
Peterson plans to reach out to rural communities, farmers, and ranchers. “We need to bring economic development and opportunities to every Utah community. Improving the daily lives of our farmers, ranchers, and rural towns will be a top priority for me.”
“I’m troubled that again and again our voters have adopted sensible ballot measures, only to have their representatives second guess public opinion. As governor, I will conduct regular town halls throughout the state and work tirelessly to represent ordinary working people.”
Peterson brings considerable government and policy experience to the gubernatorial race, including:
- Working as a Special Advisor in the U.S. Department of Defense where he helped lead the Pentagon’s efforts to protect military servicemembers from predatory lending. The Secretary of Defense awarded Peterson the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence for his work on behalf of military families.
- Serving in the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau where Peterson’s team returned over $12 billion in refunds and restitution to Americans who were victimized by illegal practices of Wall Street banks, payday lenders, and debt collectors.
- Leading at the University of Utah where he worked as an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs with managerial responsibility for educational mission of the University’s College of Law.
Peterson is has been a national leader and authority on consumer protection. He has published several books including a textbook on consumer law and award winning book on predatory lending. The National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators, an association of state and local law enforcement agencies, gave Peterson its national consumer advocate of the year award for his advocacy on behalf of the public interest.
Peterson is a fifth generation Utahn with deep pioneer roots. He was born and raised in Salt Lake County and attended Utah’s public schools. A father of three, Peterson is married to Tera J. Peterson who is also a practicing attorney working as an Assistant Solicitor General in the Utah Attorney General Office’s Criminal Appeals Division. Tera Peterson’s law practice has focused on protecting crime victims including especially abused children.
Peterson explained his motivation for joining the campaign: “Too often our laws are orchestrated behind the scenes by lobbyists and special interest groups. I will fight to put the interests of the public first. As governor, I will work tirelessly to promote affordable health care, ensure quality education, uphold environmental stewardship, and safeguard consumers.”