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Utah House Candidates Focus On Bipartisanship At Debate

For the first time in nearly two decades, the bid to represent a sprawling congressional district in northern Utah is an open race following the retirement of Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop. 

Two candidates faced off in a debate Thursday and stressed the importance of bipartisan cooperation in Congress. Republican Salt Lake City businessman Blake Moore is favored to win in the heavily GOP district. Democratic opponent Darren Parry is a former Shoshone tribe chairman who says he will prioritize marginalized communities. The two agree on several key policy areas but widely differ on public lands. A Democrat has not won the largely rural district in more than 40 years.