Deseret News Opinion Editorial by Ally Isom

Based on what I’ve heard from Utahns across the state, I offer Utah a compact, a vision for America.

Young adults think all hope is lost when it comes to our country. A majority believes our democracy is either in trouble or failing, according to a recent Harvard poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds.

Let that sink in. A majority of young Americans believes our nation is in trouble or fundamentally failing. And that is after they turned out in record numbers for the 2020 elections. 

Where have we failed? Have our weak economy and pandemic uncertainty, overlayed with polarized rancor and brittle hostility, eroded their hope for better days? 

We cannot print enough stimulus money to buy the confidence of our young people and rebuild their hope. We have a collective responsibility here.

The answer isn’t more government, as some contend. The answer is within each of us. 

Let’s make it crystal clear for rising generations — the future is theirs. At Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln called this nation an unfinished work, aspiring to “government of the people, by the people, (and) for the people.” 

Government belongs to the people; we don’t belong to the government. We — unified as Americans — we are the answer, the way to restore hope. 

If you take time to talk with Utahns, you’ll see what I mean. The best part of my 2022 United States Senate campaign is having conversations in every Utah city, wearing my red running shoes, on my “Walk a Mile Tour.” So far, I have visited more than 70 communities. 

From Garden City to Santa Clara, I’ve listened to people — local leaders, Main Street’s small business owners, teachers, ranchers, parents, health care workers and entrepreneurs. Remarkable Utahns are doing remarkable things all over our state. 

When we turn off distractions and truly connect with our neighbors, our hope in humankind and this country is rekindled.

Based on what I’ve heard from Utahns across the state, I offer Utah a compact, a vision for America. I want each young person and every voter to know I am a different kind of leader and am committed to remain connected, to ensure proximity between electors and the elected. This is my pact to fight for the right things. It includes eight principles:

1. Clarity: Active listening and straight talk go both ways.

2. Stability: Inflation-fueled deficit spending is immoral and unsustainable. 

3. Stewardship: The responsibility for water, land and air is ours. Now.

4. Family success: When families thrive, communities thrive.

5. Infrastructure integrity: Support state-driven solutions and ensure accountability.

6. Innovation: The nation that scales clean, affordable technology solutions will prosper and lead.

7. Health and well-being: Prioritize wellness and access.

8. A well-ordered republic: Reform failing institutions to rebuild trust.

Real connection restores hope. I’ve seen it as I worked on some of Utah’s thorniest challenges, whether I was in public policy, or at a global, faith-based nonprofit, or in a private technology firm. 

Throughout my leadership career, I’ve witnessed the power of meaningful connection. It breaks down barriers, finds solutions, overcomes hard times, and breathes life into organizations.

Today’s crisis of connection in our nation is a crisis of confidence and trust. A crisis of proximity, understanding and shared vision. Our leaders are too far removed from our everyday reality. It makes us feel like the fabric of our nation is threadbare. 

To be clear, democracy itself is not in crisis, but democracy is unquestionably threatened when future generations deem it failing! 

I assure you, across this stunning state, our heartfelt resolve and devotion to the red, white and blue, and all it stands for, has never been deeper. Perhaps we just can’t seem to collectively see that because we’ve stopped communicating with each other, while leaders talk at us through unreliable, distorted, self-serving platforms. 

It is up to us, the people, to reduce the distance between policymakers and the governed. We want truth. We want straight talk.

American confidence and hope will be renewed when we feel connected to a unified U.S., when we feel ownership for its outcomes and shared stewardship for its resources. 

My Compact with Utah gives me hope. It originated in the hearts of Utahns statewide and is grounded in shared first principles. 

Ronald Reagan said, “… (B)ecause we’re a great nation, our challenges seem complex. … But as long as we remember our first principles and believe in ourselves, the future will always be ours.” 

I hear echoes of Reagan more than three decades later in inaugural poet Amanda Gorman’s words: “… (T)he dawn is ours before we knew it. … (A) nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished. … And so we lift our gaze, not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.”

I invite you to stand with me in this unfinished work, to move toward a principled vision for a brighter tomorrow. May our children not only hope, but “find light” and believe the dawn is theirs. May we again be a united America.

Ally Isom is a business and community leader, a mother and grandmother, and a 2022 Republican candidate for the United States Senate.

Read the Deseret News article here.

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Ally discusses our our nation’s single greatest threat on KSL

December 19, 2021 – Ally sat down with KSL’s Doug Wright to discuss why she’s running for the U.S. Senate, how one of her policy initiatives is to restore order to our Republic and why internal divisiveness is the single greatest threat to our nation. Ally understands these threats because of conversations she’s had with national and international policy experts.

“They don’t tell me China or Russia. They tell me we ourselves are our own greatest threat, because we can’t even agree on policy solutions. And until we are able to sit down at the table and be united in the direction we are going as a country, it doesn’t matter that China is the single greatest threat on our domestic soil. Because we can’t get our act together. We can’t agree. We can’t even have a conversation,” Ally said. 

Wright, who is the anchor for KSL-TV’s Sunday Edition, interviewed Ally [at 17:17] virtually for his program. He also asked Ally about The Right Things. A Compact with Utah. A Vision for America, that her campaign unveiled last week. He specifically asked about Ally’s eighth principle: Restore Order to the Republic.

Ally said, “Our institutions have been challenged. They are dysfunctional and we really need to take a better look at how we address some of the nation’s problems.” Ally’s eighth principle addresses these problems.

8. Order in the Republic

Reform failing mechanisms.

  • Support a constitutional term limit amendment
  • Reform the Senate Filibuster
  • Ensure national election integrity and voter access
  • Expedite legal immigration

In regards to her initiative, Ally said she plans to, “focus on things that matter most. And get things done for the state.”

Wright also explored Ally’s motivation for joining the U.S. Senate race in 2022. 

“What compelled me to jump into this race was a frustration with the deterioration in our national dialogue,” said Ally. “It feels like we’ve become distracted with culture wars and personalities and we’ve stopped talking about real policy solutions and outcomes. And I just feel like it’s time to return that conversation to the fundamentals.”

Watch the entire conversion here, at timestamp 17:17.

Ally shares leadership philosophy and policy initiatives with Republican Women

December 17, 2021 – Ally provided an overview of her Senate candidacy at the Utah Federation of Republican Women Legislative Preview & U.S. Senate Candidate Forum at the Utah State Capitol last week. She also unveiled her new policy initiative and shared the five leadership principles she developed when she worked as Governor Gary Herbert’s Deputy Chief of Staff. 

“I developed a framework: five lenses through which I examine an issue, “ said Ally. 

“If I could keep things in that order – people, principle, policy, process and then politics – we got to good outcomes. And we ensured that the solutions were of the people, and by the people, and for the people.” 

These five principles define Ally’s leadership philosophy. She used these in her public, nonprofit and private sector roles. Ally noted that when things are done out of order, people often feel misunderstood and undervalued, especially in politics.  

“From one end of the spectrum to another, people feel unseen, unheard, undervalued. They feel like no one is a voice for them. And when you don’t feel like you are being heard, the emotional intensity goes up. And when somebody starts listening, it comes down and we can start talking,” Ally said.

Ally also unveiled her campaign initiative. She plans to prioritize the people of Utah because “people are what matters most to this candidate,” she said.

Her policy initiative, The Right Things: A Compact with Utah. A Vision for America, is made up of eight priorities. 

  1. Clarity
  2. Stability
  3. Stewardship
  4. Family Success
  5. Infrastructure Integrity
  6. Innovation
  7. Health and Well-Being
  8. Order in the Republic

Ally’s initiative will build on the legacy left by President Abraham Lincoln, who invited us to finish the work he started to end the Civil War.

“He made it so clear that this unfinished work was left to us. That we were the ones to honor the blood that had been shed at that time. And that we were to ensure that the Government would be of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Ally said that this can only be done to the extent that the Republican party invites all voices to be a part of the dialogue. Being preoccupied with artificial media-driven litmus tests to determine party loyalty undermines unity.

“I think we have devolved to a time of litmus test after litmus test after litmus test. It’s dividing us. It’s the media that’s preoccupied with those litmus tests. It’s unhealthy conversation. It is not us,” said Ally. 

Get involved in Ally’s campaign today!  We need Ally as our next U.S. Senator! A Senator who puts people first.

Ally moderates crypto panel

Ally with Scott Paul and Kirk Ouimet

December 14, 2021 – As a business and tech leader, Ally moderated a panel discussion called, “Cryptocurrency 101: Learning the Essentials of Cryptocurrency” last week in Pleasant Grove, where she offered her unique perspective on how crypto is reshaping finance. With her experience in the business and tech sectors, Ally understands how to govern in this fast changing digital economy.

Ally was invited to moderate the Q & A portion of the panel by tech leader, Scott Paul, in conjunction with the launch of crypto startup, Giddy. Kirk Ouimet, a tech entrepreneur, was also involved in the discussion.

Watch the full discussion here.