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Brian King reveals his pick for running mate in Governor campaign

SALT LAKE CITY – Brian King, the Democratic candidate for governor, unveiled his pick for Lieutenant Governor Monday, naming Rebekah Cummings as his running mate for the upcoming 2024 election.

Cummings works as the Director of Digital Matters at the University of Utah, in addition to serving as the board chair of the Utah State Library Board.

In her role as board chair of the Library Board, Cummings has been a firm advocate against book banning and other censorship in Utah.

“A mom. A public servant. A librarian. A defender against book banning and censorship. Utahns will be well served by Rebekah’s leadership through her advocacy for intellectual freedom and commitment to empowering families,” King said.

Cummings, who originates from Venice, California, and earned a Master’s degree from UCLA, has devoted her entire professional journey to library work, with her tenure in Utah starting in 2016.

“Utahns are tired of the chaos and control. Together, Rebekah and I are building a coalition of pragmatists, not purists – those who want the government to get back to doing its job. Join us for the better.”

In addition to her role at the University of Utah, Cummings is a founding member of the Let Utah Read Coalition, a group of parents, librarians, and advocacy organizations working to preserve students’ right to access literature that reflects the full range of human experience in their school and public libraries.

King, who has served in the Democratic minority in the Utah House of Representatives since 2009, chose Cummings for her commitment against book banning, as well as her commitment to empowering families throughout the state.

Following the Utah Democratic State Convention this past Sunday, King was nominated for the Governor position and will advance with Cummings to the general election.

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