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Mission improbable: Cooke takes on Herbert

Democrat with little money is frustrated at the lack of open debate and engagement.

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Peter Cooke

Age » 62

Education » Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Utah State University.

Career » Spent 39 years in the Army Reserves, retiring at the rank of Major General and was commander of the 96th Regional Readiness Command.

» He has been a congressional staffer for U.S. Sen. Frank Moss and economic development director to Gov. Scott Matheson.

» For 29 years, he has been involved in affordable housing development, military projects and other real estate development.

Family » Married with five children. His wife, Heather, is a former assistant U.S. Attorney and member of the Utah Board of Pardons.

Hobbies » Enjoys skiing, cycling and sailing.

Gary Herbert

Age » 65.

Education » Graduated from Orem High; studied engineering and accounting at Brigham Young University.

Profession » Realtor; former president of Utah Realtors Association.

Political history » Elected to second term as lieutenant governor in 2008; ran for governor in 2004 before dropping out to be Huntsman’s running mate; 14 years as Utah County commissioner; past president of Utah Association of Counties; narrowly lost Orem City Council race in 1980s.

Family » Wife, Jeanette, six children.

Hobbies » Was a quarterback and third baseman in high school with aspirations to play pro baseball. Now plays tennis and golf.

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