SALT LAKE CITY -- A retired U.S. Army general is announcing a run for Utah governor this fall.
Maj. Gen. Peter Cooke says he will seek the Democratic nomination to oppose Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican who is up for reelection in November.
He is the first Democrat to declare his candidacy.
Cooke says he will make the announcement early Wednesday at the Fort Douglas Museum on the University of Utah campus.
Cooke is active in veterans' affairs and was general of the Army's Salt Lake City-based 96th Regional Readiness Command, which oversees reserve troops in the upper Plains and Intermountain states.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and holds political science degrees from Utah State University.