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[REGIONAL NEWS] Jon Huntsman returns to Utah for possible run for governor, more than 10 years after his last

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Jon Huntsman Jr., seen here in 2008 while he was Utah’s Governor, may again seek the office. Behind him is Gary Herbert who was Lt. Governor at the time.
/Trent Nelson | Tribune file photo

By Thomas Burr | The Salt Lake Tribune 

It’s been more than a decade since Jon Huntsman stood for office in Utah.

Back then, Huntsman was a rock star, literally taking the stage at the state fair to play the keyboard with REO Speedwagon and Styx to rave reviews.

The son of a legendary Utah businessman, he handily won the governorship in 2004 and took every county and 78 percent of the vote in 2008. He then resigned — to become the U.S. ambassador to China in 2009, with an approval rating shooting into the 80s.

As the now-U.S. ambassador to Russia, he plans to depart Moscow and return to his home state for a possible bid for governor — again — facing a state that has shifted in some ways and one with voters who may not remember his time in office so clearly.

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