UPDATE: 2/10, David Kirkham's website is up and open for business.
Becomes third Republican to challenge Republican Gov. Herbert
1/18/12, "Utah tea party founder Kirkham takes on Herbert," Salt Lake Tribune, Meyers
"Packing tea party credentials and touting his business background, David Kirkham jumped into the governor’s race Wednesday with plans to boost Utah business and bust a controversial guest-worker law.
"I will do everything in my power so the people of Utah can arise and be that shining light on the hill for all of the United States," said Kirkham, invoking the rhetoric of Republican icon Ronald Reagan.
Kirkham, a custom auto builder and Utah tea party founder, becomes the third Republican to challenge Gov. Gary Herbert.
Rep. Ken Sumsion, R-American Fork, and former state lawmaker Morgan Philpot of Orem are also chasing the state’s top job this year.
Surrounded by family and dolled-up vehicles at his Kirkham Motorsports in Provo, the newest candidate said he could do better at making the Beehive State business-friendly.
"I’m the only one in the race with business experience and international experience," said Kirkham, noting his partnership with a factory in Poland that makes parts for his cars.
As for the state’s education system, Kirkham said the problem Utah faces isn’t so much a lack of funding as it is getting that money into classrooms.
Quin Monson, associate director of Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, said Kirkham comes to the GOP race with built-in backing, thanks to the tea party."...
"David Kirkham, surrounded by family at his motor sports business in Provo, announces his run for governor on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. " Fraughton, Salt Lake Tribune