A Paradise man is challenging Gov. Gary Herbert for governor as what he calls an e-candidate. Farley Anderson, an author, natural foods entrepreneur, and father of 11 announced his candidacy Monday at the state capitol. It is the first time Anderson has run for office and he believes it will be a test case for candidates gathering signatures online.Anderson says electronic signatures allows voters to circumvent Utah’s caucus system which he says is often stacked with delegates who tend to be more extreme than mainstream. It’s unclear whether electronic signatures will be accepted. Lt. Gov. Greg Bell rejected electronic signatures collected by the organizers of an ethics initiative.Bell’s spokesman, Mark Thomas, says officials will consider anything brought to them. But he says Utah law outlines a paper process.Anderson says he believes he would be a good choice for the office of governor.”I’ve dedicated the last two-and-a-half years of my life to teaching and preaching the gospel of freedom,” Anderson says, “and I would continue to do that. “I believe we have lost a great deal because we’ve lost focus on the principles and the founding traditions of our nation.”Anderson needs 1,000 online signatures submitted by March 18th to the Lt. Governor’s office. He invites people to visit utahlive.us, then click on gubernatorial and it will walk them through the process. Anderson says those who visit the site will need to enter the last four digits of their driver’s license as a PIN. Campaign manager Steve Maxfield says letting people sign petitions online would allow them to become more politically involved. Anderson is running as an Independent.s
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