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Utah Republican Party Vice Chairman Phill Wright will serve as chairman for the Utah Ted Cruz presidential campaign, and former state Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo, is campaign coordinator.

Among others committing to Cruz, according to the Texas senator's campaign, are Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield; former Reps. Ken Sumsion, R-Lehi, and Matt Throckmorton, R-Springville; Candace Salima, former Utah County director for the 2010 Mike Lee campaign; Cedar City Councilman Paul Cozzens; and former attorney general candidate Frank Mylar.

"I am thrilled to announce such an outstanding group of courageous conservatives leading our campaign in Utah," Cruz said Tuesday in a prepared statement. "All across the West and throughout America, we are gaining momentum by having principled, conservative voters unite behind us."

Wright said Cruz is a candidate "who truly 'gets it' and understands what the middle class is going through.… In a world of danger and uncertainty, we need a president who has the courage to stand for truth and who will defend and support our Constitution, while maintaining a strong military to protect our interests, citizens and allies. Ted Cruz is that man."