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Press Release – Phil Lyman Disappointed in Ruling Against Bangerter Eligibility



May 3, 2024

SALT LAKE CITY — The Lyman for Utah Campaign is disappointed to announce that the Honorable Matthew Bates has ruled Layne Bangerter is ineligible to serve as Phil Lyman’s lieutenant governor. This is a huge loss for the people of Utah. Lyman’s team made a good faith argument that Bangerter was eligible to be on the ballot based on the Utah Constitution. Ultimately, the court ruled that the 5 year residency requirement must be 5 consecutive years immediately preceding the election. Lyman has until 12:30 p.m. on Monday to name a replacement to be his running mate.

“Layne is such a strong candidate I’m not surprised the LG’s office raised a fight against this selection. However, we have an election to win and will be naming our new lieutenant governor candidate shortly,” Lyman said. “Layne is still committed to this campaign and is more determined than ever to help our team secure the governorship of Utah.”

“It was an honor to be considered to run alongside Phil Lyman,” Bangerter said. “He is going to be a great governor for the state of Utah, and I plan to help however I can.”