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Merrill Cook was a Republican
Republican Party (United States)
The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists in 1854, it is often called the GOP . The party's platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S...

 member of the United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
The United States House of Representatives is one of the two Houses of the United States Congress, the bicameral legislature which also includes the Senate.The composition and powers of the House are established in Article One of the Constitution...

 from Utah
Utah
Utah is a state in the Western United States. It was the 45th state to join the Union, on January 4, 1896. Approximately 80% of Utah's 2,763,885 people live along the Wasatch Front, centering on Salt Lake City. This leaves vast expanses of the state nearly uninhabited, making the population the...

.

Cook, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Philadelphia County, with which it is coterminous. The city is located in the Northeastern United States along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. It is the fifth-most-populous city in the United States,...

, and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah
Utah is a state in the Western United States. It was the 45th state to join the Union, on January 4, 1896. Approximately 80% of Utah's 2,763,885 people live along the Wasatch Front, centering on Salt Lake City. This leaves vast expanses of the state nearly uninhabited, making the population the...

. He graduated from East High School
Salt Lake City School District
The Salt Lake City School District is among the oldest public school districts in Utah. Boundaries for the district are identical to the city limits for Salt Lake City. Employing about 1,300 teachers who instruct about 24,000 students K-12, the district is the ninth largest in the state, as of...

in 1964 and the University of Utah
University of Utah
The University of Utah, also known as the U or the U of U, is a public, coeducational research university in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. The university was established in 1850 as the University of Deseret by the General Assembly of the provisional State of Deseret, making it Utah's oldest...

 in 1969 and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School
Harvard Business School
Harvard Business School is the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, United States and is widely recognized as one of the top business schools in the world. The school offers the world's largest full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, and many executive...

 in 1971. Upon receiving his degree, Cook was hired as a budget analyst by Arthur D. Little
Arthur D. Little
Arthur D. Little is an international management consulting firm originally headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, and formally incorporated by that name in 1909 by Arthur Dehon Little, an MIT chemist who had discovered acetate. Arthur D. Little pioneered the concept of contracted...

, Inc. He left the corporation in 1973 to co-found Cook Slurry Company, a mining explosives manufacturer. Merrill Cook's father was the noted scientist Melvin A. Cook
Melvin A. Cook
Melvin Alonzo Cook was a noted American chemist. He was most known from his work in the research and development of explosives, including the development of shaped charges and slurry explosives...

 who, among his many accomplishments, pioneered the development of slurry explosives.

Merrill is married to Camille Sanders Cook. They have five children.

Cook made his first run for office in 1984, when he lost a bid for the Utah Board of Education. In 1985, he ran for mayor of Salt Lake City and lost to Palmer DePaulis
Palmer DePaulis
Palmer DePaulis is a politician in the US state of Utah. DePaulis served as the 31st mayor of Salt Lake City from 1985 to 1991. He was the first Roman Catholic mayor of Salt Lake City. He subsequently served as Chief of Staff to Utah Attorney General Jan Graham, as a Commissioner at the Utah State...

. He made an unsuccessful bid for the Salt Lake County commission in 1986.

Cook had been a lifelong Republican, but in 1986, he broke ranks and formed the Utah Independent Party. He ran as that party's gubernatorial candidate in 1988 and got 22% of the vote, siphoning off enough votes from Democrat
Democratic Party (United States)
The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. The party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the U.S. political spectrum. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous...

 Ted Wilson to hand incumbent Republican Norm Bangerter
Norman H. Bangerter
Norman Howard Bangerter was the 13th Governor of Utah from 1985 to 1993. He was the first Republican elected to the position since 1965.- Biography :...

 another term. In 1992, he ran again and came in second to Mike Leavitt with 34%, with Democrat
Democratic Party (United States)
The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. The party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the U.S. political spectrum. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous...

 Stewart Hanson coming in at 23%. He was also that party's nominee for the 2nd District in 1994, coming in third with 18%.

However, in 1996, after incumbent Republican Enid Greene
Enid Greene
Enid Greene, formerly Enid Greene Waldholtz is a politician from the state of Utah who served one term in the United States House of Representatives. She was the third woman and first Republican woman elected to congress from Utah. Since her retirement in 1997 no woman has served in Congress from...

 announced she wouldn't run for reelection due to a scandal, Cook rejoined the Republican Party. He managed to come in second at the state convention behind the choice of the party establishment, Salt Lake City accountant R. Todd Neilson, getting just enough votes to deny Neilson the nomination outright. Cook won the primary a few months later by 4 percentage points. He faced future Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson
Rocky Anderson
Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson served two terms as the 33rd mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, between 2000 and 2008. He is the Executive Director of High Road for Human Rights...

 in the general election. Calling Anderson "too socially liberal for Utah," Cook won with 56 percent of the vote despite losing the district's share of Salt Lake City.

In 1998, Cook was accused of instances of erratic behavior. He was briefly banned from state Republican headquarters after an obscenity-laced tirade, his reaction to being told his name had been eliminated from a GOP get-out-the-vote effort to which Cook's campaign had contributed $25,000. He, nevertheless, won by 10 percentage points. He demoted his chief of staff Janet Jenson a few days after the election; in an email, Jenson told her colleagues, "Merrill has taken up permanent residence in whacko land. If he asks you to fax his underwear to the speaker's office, please just do it."

In 2000, the Democrats nominated environmental consultant Jim Matheson
Jim Matheson
James David "Jim" Matheson is the U.S. Representative for , serving since 2001. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes eastern Salt Lake City....

, the son of former popular Democratic governor Scott Matheson. Polls showing Cook far behind Matheson made many Republicans nervous about their chances of holding the seat, even though the national party strongly backed Cook. However, in an ominous sign, Cook was forced into a primary against computer tycoon Derek Smith, who was making his first run for elected office. In the primary, Smith defeated Cook by a 15-point margin, taking 57 percent to Cook's 42 percent. Matheson easily defeated Smith at the general election
General election
In a parliamentary political system, a general election is an election in which all or most members of a given political body are chosen. The term is usually used to refer to elections held for a nation's primary legislative body, as distinguished from by-elections and local elections.The term...

 in November.

Cook ran for mayor of Salt Lake County in 2004 as an independent, but garnered only 8 percent of the vote in a race won by Democrat Peter Corroon
Peter Corroon
Peter Maitland Corroon is the current mayor of Salt Lake County, Utah, and a member of the Democratic Party. He was the Democratic candidate for governor in the Utah gubernatorial election, 2010, losing to Gary Herbert by a 33 point margin...

. In 2006 he tried to challenge 3rd District Congressman Chris Cannon
Chris Cannon
Christopher Black "Chris" Cannon was a member of the United States House of Representatives, for the Republican Party, representing the third district of Utah from 1997 - 2009....

 but was eliminated on the first ballot.

He ran for his old seat in the 2nd district in the 2008 election. Cook's political activities have largely been enabled by self financing. His personal expenditures for campaigns for office and ballot initiatives have been over $4 million Cook lost the Republican nomination to Bill Dew
Bill Dew
Bill Dew was a home construction contractor and the Republican challenger in Utah's 2nd congressional district in 2008. Dew received the Republican nomination, but lost in the general election to Democratic incumbent Jim Matheson. Dew got 35% of the vote....

 at the Utah State GOP Convention on May 10, 2008 where Bill Dew
Bill Dew
Bill Dew was a home construction contractor and the Republican challenger in Utah's 2nd congressional district in 2008. Dew received the Republican nomination, but lost in the general election to Democratic incumbent Jim Matheson. Dew got 35% of the vote....

 received 69% of the vote.

He ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate
United States Senate
The United States Senate is the upper house of the bicameral legislature of the United States, and together with the United States House of Representatives comprises the United States Congress. The composition and powers of the Senate are established in Article One of the U.S. Constitution. Each...

 in 2010 against incumbent Bob Bennett, but did not make it past the first round of balloting at the state convention.

Electoral history


Merrill Cook (born May 6, 1946) was a Republican
Republican Party (United States)
The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists in 1854, it is often called the GOP . The party's platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S...

 member of the United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
The United States House of Representatives is one of the two Houses of the United States Congress, the bicameral legislature which also includes the Senate.The composition and powers of the House are established in Article One of the Constitution...

 from Utah
Utah
Utah is a state in the Western United States. It was the 45th state to join the Union, on January 4, 1896. Approximately 80% of Utah's 2,763,885 people live along the Wasatch Front, centering on Salt Lake City. This leaves vast expanses of the state nearly uninhabited, making the population the...

.

Cook, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Philadelphia County, with which it is coterminous. The city is located in the Northeastern United States along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. It is the fifth-most-populous city in the United States,...

, and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah
Utah is a state in the Western United States. It was the 45th state to join the Union, on January 4, 1896. Approximately 80% of Utah's 2,763,885 people live along the Wasatch Front, centering on Salt Lake City. This leaves vast expanses of the state nearly uninhabited, making the population the...

. He graduated from East High School
Salt Lake City School District
The Salt Lake City School District is among the oldest public school districts in Utah. Boundaries for the district are identical to the city limits for Salt Lake City. Employing about 1,300 teachers who instruct about 24,000 students K-12, the district is the ninth largest in the state, as of...

{{Citation needed|date=December 2010}} in 1964 and the University of Utah
University of Utah
The University of Utah, also known as the U or the U of U, is a public, coeducational research university in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. The university was established in 1850 as the University of Deseret by the General Assembly of the provisional State of Deseret, making it Utah's oldest...

 in 1969 and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School
Harvard Business School
Harvard Business School is the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, United States and is widely recognized as one of the top business schools in the world. The school offers the world's largest full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, and many executive...

 in 1971. Upon receiving his degree, Cook was hired as a budget analyst by Arthur D. Little
Arthur D. Little
Arthur D. Little is an international management consulting firm originally headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, and formally incorporated by that name in 1909 by Arthur Dehon Little, an MIT chemist who had discovered acetate. Arthur D. Little pioneered the concept of contracted...

, Inc. He left the corporation in 1973 to co-found Cook Slurry Company, a mining explosives manufacturer. Merrill Cook's father was the noted scientist Melvin A. Cook
Melvin A. Cook
Melvin Alonzo Cook was a noted American chemist. He was most known from his work in the research and development of explosives, including the development of shaped charges and slurry explosives...

 who, among his many accomplishments, pioneered the development of slurry explosives.

Merrill is married to Camille Sanders Cook. They have five children.

Cook made his first run for office in 1984, when he lost a bid for the Utah Board of Education. In 1985, he ran for mayor of Salt Lake City and lost to Palmer DePaulis
Palmer DePaulis
Palmer DePaulis is a politician in the US state of Utah. DePaulis served as the 31st mayor of Salt Lake City from 1985 to 1991. He was the first Roman Catholic mayor of Salt Lake City. He subsequently served as Chief of Staff to Utah Attorney General Jan Graham, as a Commissioner at the Utah State...

. He made an unsuccessful bid for the Salt Lake County commission in 1986.

Cook had been a lifelong Republican, but in 1986, he broke ranks and formed the Utah Independent Party. He ran as that party's gubernatorial candidate in 1988 and got 22% of the vote, siphoning off enough votes from Democrat
Democratic Party (United States)
The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. The party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the U.S. political spectrum. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous...

 Ted Wilson to hand incumbent Republican Norm Bangerter
Norman H. Bangerter
Norman Howard Bangerter was the 13th Governor of Utah from 1985 to 1993. He was the first Republican elected to the position since 1965.- Biography :...

 another term. In 1992, he ran again and came in second to Mike Leavitt with 34%, with Democrat
Democratic Party (United States)
The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. The party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the U.S. political spectrum. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous...

 Stewart Hanson coming in at 23%. He was also that party's nominee for the 2nd District in 1994, coming in third with 18%.

However, in 1996, after incumbent Republican Enid Greene
Enid Greene
Enid Greene, formerly Enid Greene Waldholtz is a politician from the state of Utah who served one term in the United States House of Representatives. She was the third woman and first Republican woman elected to congress from Utah. Since her retirement in 1997 no woman has served in Congress from...

 announced she wouldn't run for reelection due to a scandal, Cook rejoined the Republican Party. He managed to come in second at the state convention behind the choice of the party establishment, Salt Lake City accountant R. Todd Neilson, getting just enough votes to deny Neilson the nomination outright. Cook won the primary a few months later by 4 percentage points. He faced future Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson
Rocky Anderson
Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson served two terms as the 33rd mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, between 2000 and 2008. He is the Executive Director of High Road for Human Rights...

 in the general election. Calling Anderson "too socially liberal for Utah," Cook won with 56 percent of the vote despite losing the district's share of Salt Lake City.

In 1998, Cook was accused of instances of erratic behavior. He was briefly banned from state Republican headquarters after an obscenity-laced tirade, his reaction to being told his name had been eliminated from a GOP get-out-the-vote effort to which Cook's campaign had contributed $25,000. He, nevertheless, won by 10 percentage points. He demoted his chief of staff Janet Jenson a few days after the election; in an email, Jenson told her colleagues, "Merrill has taken up permanent residence in whacko land. If he asks you to fax his underwear to the speaker's office, please just do it."

In 2000, the Democrats nominated environmental consultant Jim Matheson
Jim Matheson
James David "Jim" Matheson is the U.S. Representative for , serving since 2001. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes eastern Salt Lake City....

, the son of former popular Democratic governor Scott Matheson. Polls showing Cook far behind Matheson made many Republicans nervous about their chances of holding the seat, even though the national party strongly backed Cook. However, in an ominous sign, Cook was forced into a primary against computer tycoon Derek Smith, who was making his first run for elected office. In the primary, Smith defeated Cook by a 15-point margin, taking 57 percent to Cook's 42 percent. Matheson easily defeated Smith at the general election
General election
In a parliamentary political system, a general election is an election in which all or most members of a given political body are chosen. The term is usually used to refer to elections held for a nation's primary legislative body, as distinguished from by-elections and local elections.The term...

 in November.

Cook ran for mayor of Salt Lake County in 2004 as an independent, but garnered only 8 percent of the vote in a race won by Democrat Peter Corroon
Peter Corroon
Peter Maitland Corroon is the current mayor of Salt Lake County, Utah, and a member of the Democratic Party. He was the Democratic candidate for governor in the Utah gubernatorial election, 2010, losing to Gary Herbert by a 33 point margin...

. In 2006 he tried to challenge 3rd District Congressman Chris Cannon
Chris Cannon
Christopher Black "Chris" Cannon was a member of the United States House of Representatives, for the Republican Party, representing the third district of Utah from 1997 - 2009....

 but was eliminated on the first ballot.

He ran for his old seat in the 2nd district in the 2008 election. Cook's political activities have largely been enabled by self financing. His personal expenditures for campaigns for office and ballot initiatives have been over $4 million Cook lost the Republican nomination to Bill Dew
Bill Dew
Bill Dew was a home construction contractor and the Republican challenger in Utah's 2nd congressional district in 2008. Dew received the Republican nomination, but lost in the general election to Democratic incumbent Jim Matheson. Dew got 35% of the vote....

 at the Utah State GOP Convention on May 10, 2008 where Bill Dew
Bill Dew
Bill Dew was a home construction contractor and the Republican challenger in Utah's 2nd congressional district in 2008. Dew received the Republican nomination, but lost in the general election to Democratic incumbent Jim Matheson. Dew got 35% of the vote....

 received 69% of the vote.

He ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate
United States Senate
The United States Senate is the upper house of the bicameral legislature of the United States, and together with the United States House of Representatives comprises the United States Congress. The composition and powers of the Senate are established in Article One of the U.S. Constitution. Each...

 in 2010 against incumbent Bob Bennett, but did not make it past the first round of balloting at the state convention.

Electoral history


Merrill Cook (born May 6, 1946) was a Republican
Republican Party (United States)
The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists in 1854, it is often called the GOP . The party's platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S...

 member of the United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
The United States House of Representatives is one of the two Houses of the United States Congress, the bicameral legislature which also includes the Senate.The composition and powers of the House are established in Article One of the Constitution...

 from Utah
Utah
Utah is a state in the Western United States. It was the 45th state to join the Union, on January 4, 1896. Approximately 80% of Utah's 2,763,885 people live along the Wasatch Front, centering on Salt Lake City. This leaves vast expanses of the state nearly uninhabited, making the population the...

.

Cook, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Philadelphia County, with which it is coterminous. The city is located in the Northeastern United States along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. It is the fifth-most-populous city in the United States,...

, and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah
Utah is a state in the Western United States. It was the 45th state to join the Union, on January 4, 1896. Approximately 80% of Utah's 2,763,885 people live along the Wasatch Front, centering on Salt Lake City. This leaves vast expanses of the state nearly uninhabited, making the population the...

. He graduated from East High School
Salt Lake City School District
The Salt Lake City School District is among the oldest public school districts in Utah. Boundaries for the district are identical to the city limits for Salt Lake City. Employing about 1,300 teachers who instruct about 24,000 students K-12, the district is the ninth largest in the state, as of...

{{Citation needed|date=December 2010}} in 1964 and the University of Utah
University of Utah
The University of Utah, also known as the U or the U of U, is a public, coeducational research university in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. The university was established in 1850 as the University of Deseret by the General Assembly of the provisional State of Deseret, making it Utah's oldest...

 in 1969 and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School
Harvard Business School
Harvard Business School is the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, United States and is widely recognized as one of the top business schools in the world. The school offers the world's largest full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, and many executive...

 in 1971. Upon receiving his degree, Cook was hired as a budget analyst by Arthur D. Little
Arthur D. Little
Arthur D. Little is an international management consulting firm originally headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, and formally incorporated by that name in 1909 by Arthur Dehon Little, an MIT chemist who had discovered acetate. Arthur D. Little pioneered the concept of contracted...

, Inc. He left the corporation in 1973 to co-found Cook Slurry Company, a mining explosives manufacturer. Merrill Cook's father was the noted scientist Melvin A. Cook
Melvin A. Cook
Melvin Alonzo Cook was a noted American chemist. He was most known from his work in the research and development of explosives, including the development of shaped charges and slurry explosives...

 who, among his many accomplishments, pioneered the development of slurry explosives.

Merrill is married to Camille Sanders Cook. They have five children.

Cook made his first run for office in 1984, when he lost a bid for the Utah Board of Education. In 1985, he ran for mayor of Salt Lake City and lost to Palmer DePaulis
Palmer DePaulis
Palmer DePaulis is a politician in the US state of Utah. DePaulis served as the 31st mayor of Salt Lake City from 1985 to 1991. He was the first Roman Catholic mayor of Salt Lake City. He subsequently served as Chief of Staff to Utah Attorney General Jan Graham, as a Commissioner at the Utah State...

. He made an unsuccessful bid for the Salt Lake County commission in 1986.

Cook had been a lifelong Republican, but in 1986, he broke ranks and formed the Utah Independent Party. He ran as that party's gubernatorial candidate in 1988 and got 22% of the vote, siphoning off enough votes from Democrat
Democratic Party (United States)
The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. The party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the U.S. political spectrum. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous...

 Ted Wilson to hand incumbent Republican Norm Bangerter
Norman H. Bangerter
Norman Howard Bangerter was the 13th Governor of Utah from 1985 to 1993. He was the first Republican elected to the position since 1965.- Biography :...

 another term. In 1992, he ran again and came in second to Mike Leavitt with 34%, with Democrat
Democratic Party (United States)
The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. The party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the U.S. political spectrum. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous...

 Stewart Hanson coming in at 23%. He was also that party's nominee for the 2nd District in 1994, coming in third with 18%.

However, in 1996, after incumbent Republican Enid Greene
Enid Greene
Enid Greene, formerly Enid Greene Waldholtz is a politician from the state of Utah who served one term in the United States House of Representatives. She was the third woman and first Republican woman elected to congress from Utah. Since her retirement in 1997 no woman has served in Congress from...

 announced she wouldn't run for reelection due to a scandal, Cook rejoined the Republican Party. He managed to come in second at the state convention behind the choice of the party establishment, Salt Lake City accountant R. Todd Neilson, getting just enough votes to deny Neilson the nomination outright. Cook won the primary a few months later by 4 percentage points. He faced future Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson
Rocky Anderson
Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson served two terms as the 33rd mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, between 2000 and 2008. He is the Executive Director of High Road for Human Rights...

 in the general election. Calling Anderson "too socially liberal for Utah," Cook won with 56 percent of the vote despite losing the district's share of Salt Lake City.

In 1998, Cook was accused of instances of erratic behavior. He was briefly banned from state Republican headquarters after an obscenity-laced tirade, his reaction to being told his name had been eliminated from a GOP get-out-the-vote effort to which Cook's campaign had contributed $25,000. He, nevertheless, won by 10 percentage points. He demoted his chief of staff Janet Jenson a few days after the election; in an email, Jenson told her colleagues, "Merrill has taken up permanent residence in whacko land. If he asks you to fax his underwear to the speaker's office, please just do it."

In 2000, the Democrats nominated environmental consultant Jim Matheson
Jim Matheson
James David "Jim" Matheson is the U.S. Representative for , serving since 2001. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes eastern Salt Lake City....

, the son of former popular Democratic governor Scott Matheson. Polls showing Cook far behind Matheson made many Republicans nervous about their chances of holding the seat, even though the national party strongly backed Cook. However, in an ominous sign, Cook was forced into a primary against computer tycoon Derek Smith, who was making his first run for elected office. In the primary, Smith defeated Cook by a 15-point margin, taking 57 percent to Cook's 42 percent. Matheson easily defeated Smith at the general election
General election
In a parliamentary political system, a general election is an election in which all or most members of a given political body are chosen. The term is usually used to refer to elections held for a nation's primary legislative body, as distinguished from by-elections and local elections.The term...

 in November.

Cook ran for mayor of Salt Lake County in 2004 as an independent, but garnered only 8 percent of the vote in a race won by Democrat Peter Corroon
Peter Corroon
Peter Maitland Corroon is the current mayor of Salt Lake County, Utah, and a member of the Democratic Party. He was the Democratic candidate for governor in the Utah gubernatorial election, 2010, losing to Gary Herbert by a 33 point margin...

. In 2006 he tried to challenge 3rd District Congressman Chris Cannon
Chris Cannon
Christopher Black "Chris" Cannon was a member of the United States House of Representatives, for the Republican Party, representing the third district of Utah from 1997 - 2009....

 but was eliminated on the first ballot.

He ran for his old seat in the 2nd district in the 2008 election. Cook's political activities have largely been enabled by self financing. His personal expenditures for campaigns for office and ballot initiatives have been over $4 million Cook lost the Republican nomination to Bill Dew
Bill Dew
Bill Dew was a home construction contractor and the Republican challenger in Utah's 2nd congressional district in 2008. Dew received the Republican nomination, but lost in the general election to Democratic incumbent Jim Matheson. Dew got 35% of the vote....

 at the Utah State GOP Convention on May 10, 2008 where Bill Dew
Bill Dew
Bill Dew was a home construction contractor and the Republican challenger in Utah's 2nd congressional district in 2008. Dew received the Republican nomination, but lost in the general election to Democratic incumbent Jim Matheson. Dew got 35% of the vote....

 received 69% of the vote.

He ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate
United States Senate
The United States Senate is the upper house of the bicameral legislature of the United States, and together with the United States House of Representatives comprises the United States Congress. The composition and powers of the Senate are established in Article One of the U.S. Constitution. Each...

 in 2010 against incumbent Bob Bennett, but did not make it past the first round of balloting at the state convention.

Electoral history

}: Results 1994–1998
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|1994
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|{{Party shading/Democratic}} |{{nowrap|Karen Shepherd
Karen Shepherd
Karen Shepherd was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Utah.Shepherd was born in Silver City, New Mexico. She graduated from the University of Utah in 1962 with a B.A. and Brigham Young University in 1963 with a M.A. and served served in the Utah State Senator...

}}
|{{Party shading/Democratic}} align="right" |66,911
|{{Party shading/Democratic}} |36%
|
|{{Party shading/Republican}} |{{nowrap|Enid G. Waldholtz}}
|{{Party shading/Republican}} align="right" |85,507
|{{Party shading/Republican}} |46%
|
|{{Party shading/Independent}} |Merrill Cook
|{{Party shading/Independent}} |Independent
Independent (politician)
In politics, an independent or non-party politician is an individual not affiliated to any political party. Independents may hold a centrist viewpoint between those of major political parties, a viewpoint more extreme than any major party, or they may have a viewpoint based on issues that they do...


|{{Party shading/Independent}} align="right" |34,167
|{{Party shading/Independent}} align="right" |18%
|
|
|
|
|
|
|-
|1996
|
|{{Party shading/Democratic}} |{{nowrap|Rocky Anderson
Rocky Anderson
Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson served two terms as the 33rd mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, between 2000 and 2008. He is the Executive Director of High Road for Human Rights...

}}
|{{Party shading/Democratic}} align="right" |100,283
|{{Party shading/Democratic}} |42%
|
|{{Party shading/Republican}} |Merrill Cook
|{{Party shading/Republican}} align="right" |129,963
|{{Party shading/Republican}} |55%
|
|{{Party shading/Independent}} |Arly H. Pedersen
|{{Party shading/Independent}} |Independent American
|{{Party shading/Independent}} align="right" |3,070
|{{Party shading/Independent}} align="right" |1%
|
|{{Party shading/Independent}} |Catherine Carter
|{{Party shading/Independent}} |Natural Law
|{{Party shading/Independent}} align="right" |2,981
|{{Party shading/Independent}} align="right" |1%
| |*
|-
|1998
|
|{{Party shading/Democratic}} |Lily Eskelsen
Lily Eskelsen
Lily Eskelsen is an American teacher and trade union leader. She is currently the vice-president of the National Education Association.-Early life and education:...


|{{Party shading/Democratic}} align="right" |77,198
|{{Party shading/Democratic}} |43%
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|{{Party shading/Republican}} |Merrill Cook
|{{Party shading/Republican}} align="right" |93,718
|{{Party shading/Republican}} |53%
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|{{Party shading/Independent}} |Ken Larsen
Ken Larsen
Ken Larsen was the Personal Choice Party candidate for governor of Utah in 2004, receiving 8,399 votes for 0.9%. He is a medical researcher in Salt Lake City and has a Ph.D. in Zoology from Brigham Young University...


|{{Party shading/Independent}} |Independent
Independent (politician)
In politics, an independent or non-party politician is an individual not affiliated to any political party. Independents may hold a centrist viewpoint between those of major political parties, a viewpoint more extreme than any major party, or they may have a viewpoint based on issues that they do...


|{{Party shading/Independent}} align="right" |3,998
|{{Party shading/Independent}} align="right" |2%
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|{{Party shading/Libertarian}} |Brian E. Swim
|{{Party shading/Libertarian}} |Libertarian
Libertarian Party (United States)
The Libertarian Party is the third largest and fastest growing political party in the United States. The political platform of the Libertarian Party reflects its brand of libertarianism, favoring minimally regulated, laissez-faire markets, strong civil liberties, minimally regulated migration...


|{{Party shading/Libertarian}} align="right" |1,390
|{{Party shading/Libertarian}} align="right" |1%
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Enid Greene
Enid Greene, formerly Enid Greene Waldholtz is a politician from the state of Utah who served one term in the United States House of Representatives. She was the third woman and first Republican woman elected to congress from Utah. Since her retirement in 1997 no woman has served in Congress from...


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Jim Matheson
James David "Jim" Matheson is the U.S. Representative for , serving since 2001. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes eastern Salt Lake City....


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| SHORT DESCRIPTION = United States Congressman from Utah
| DATE OF BIRTH = May 6, 1946
| PLACE OF BIRTH = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Philadelphia County, with which it is coterminous. The city is located in the Northeastern United States along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. It is the fifth-most-populous city in the United States,...


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