“This all comes down to balance and making sure we’re being thoughtful about how we go about doing it,” said Moore.
Parry, meanwhile, is wholly against ceding control of public lands to Utah because he fears the state would sell them to extraction industries or private landowners. Native groups were among those pushing for the creation of Bears Ears, and said that such designations are needed to protect important archaeological and cultural resources.
“I will fight every day to make sure public lands stay public, stay under federal control,” Parry said.
Neither candidate has run for political office before this race, but Moore says his experience working in the foreign service in southeast Asia and his current role at Cicero Group, a management consulting firm, makes him uniquely positioned to represent Utah because of his exposure to many areas of the private and public sectors.
Parry, meanwhile, said being a tribal leader has taught him how to build bridges with local…