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SALT LAKE CITY (October 8, 2021) – Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Ally Isom released the following statement regarding the expansion of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments: 

“While protecting public land is undeniably important, the best solutions include input from all stakeholders, not just reversing what the last leader did.”

“The Antiquities Act was intended to protect objects of historical and scientific interest, but specifically ‘the smallest size compatible’ with its proper management. Presidents are playing a reckless game of political ping pong, shrinking and expanding national monuments–and Utah is caught in the middle. It is disappointing to see President Biden take this action without first working toward a legislative solution. Further, I’m dismayed by his decision to relocate the Bureau of Land Management headquarters from Colorado back to Washington, D.C., far away from the bulk of federally-managed lands.” 

“This is politics as usual in D.C., but our lands and livelihoods are no game. I’m running for office to end politics as usual, including the back-and-forth political ping pong.” 

Ally Isom is a business and community leader challenging Mike Lee in the Republican U.S. Senate primary. Most recently a tech executive, she also served as deputy chief of staff to longtime Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert, led global branding for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and spent 20+ years working in Republican politics. To learn more about her candidacy, visit

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