SALT LAKE CITY — Becky Lockhart, a Republican representing District 64 and Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, confirmed to FOX 13 News Friday she has applied for the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Lockhart announced earlier she would not run for reelection, and there were many who believed she was positioning herself for a campaign to become Utah’s governor.
Lockhart confirmed her application to the school board position in an email to FOX 13 News’ Ben Winslow, see below for her statement:
“As I reach the end of my Legislative service, I have spent many hours pondering the possibilities and opportunities for me to continue to serve Utah and her residents. I have officially applied for the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
I respect the State School Board and their absolute Constitutional authority to make the decision as to who will help them lead public education into the future. I trust that my application, along with all the others submitted will be considered on its unique merits and evaluated with the goal of moving forward in a new and positive way.”
After she announced she would not be running for reelection, some speculated that Lockhart was considering challenging Gov. Gary Herbert in an upcoming election for his office.