Jessica Egbert: Ally Isom will help us move toward a more perfect union

Ally Isom is the conservative Senate candidate Utah needs now.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Ally Isom, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, speaks with delegates at the Utah Republican Party nominating convention, Saturday, April 23, 2022 in Sandy.

The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States references our founders’ purposes in forming a more perfect union: establishing justice, ensuring domestic tranquility, providing for common defense, promoting the general welfare, and securing the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. A more perfect union is only brought about through change.

Ally Isom is precisely the change that Utah and the U.S. Senate need.

The Utah Republican Party Platform states, “We demand honesty, integrity, morality, and accountability of our public officials.” It is time we demand more of our public officials. To some, demanding more integrity is the priority; to others, demanding more accountability is most urgent. For me, I demand both.

After vetting U.S. Senate candidates and participating in the Utah Republican Nominating Convention as a state delegate, I want to share my perspectives as an educated and engaged patriot. I have no ill-will against any U.S. Senate candidate; my comments simply communicate the lens through which I view the Primary. If this leads others to investigate all candidates more closely, I have done what I aspired to: engage our community.

Seven reasons I support Ally Isom for U.S. Senate

  • Ally Isom represents the Utah Republican Party Platform and my own non-negotiables. As I have encountered Isom in overlapping areas of business and community over the last several years, I quickly discovered her to be a person of honesty, integrity, morality, and accountability.

  • Ally Isom is an intelligent and wise leader. If you have not had a conversation with Isom, you’re missing out. I have found her to be one of the smartest people in the room – impressive since she is often in the room with many smart people! I’ve seen her contemplate complex issues, consider feedback and articulate her positions with authority, wisdom and confidence. Likewise, she takes time to learn, showing the humility reserved for some of my favorite leaders.

  • Ally Isom is a connector, a collaborator, and a communicator. Her business, government and community roles have united diverse constituents to resolve challenges and achieve meaningful outcomes with civility and genuine interest. Her statewide Walk-a-Mile listening tour that traversed 120-plus Utah communities is evidence of her commitment to connect and understand all Utahns.

  • Ally Isom is brave and tenacious. Running for public office is not for a shrinking violet; I’ve done it twice. It demands courage and persistence, especially challenging an incumbent. Her drive comes from her passion for serving and her well-earned reputation for getting things done in the face of adversity, both personal and professional.

  • Ally Isom is the most viable conservative challenger. In a state where the supermajority identifies as conservative and supports conservative candidates (like Isom), Becky Edwards is far less likely to garner enough support to unseat an incumbent. She voted for President Biden, a controversial issue among conservatives and, as a Utah legislator, she voted significantly less conservative than her legislative counterparts (see an analysis by Adam Brown, Brigham Young University professor of political science). Likewise, independent candidates who carry the endorsement of Utah’s Democratic Party are also unlikely to convince a conservative supermajority.

  • Republicans want term limits, and Ally Isom made a firm commitment. The GOP has long touted supporting term limits. With the incumbent’s violation of his commitment to term limits, now is the perfect time to embrace a similarly conservative, yet innovative candidate as a national change agent.

  • Ally Isom is well-qualified and experienced. A leader in public policy and Governor Herbert’s office, in community and non-profit sectors, and in business and technology, Ally Isom has the best qualifications and real-world, practical experience downstream from congressional or legislative actions. With her most recent professional role in technology, biotechnology, and energy, she understands the importance of eliminating red tape to make room for innovation and investment.

Even before the recent Mark Meadows/Mike Lee texting controversy, in February, a local agency revealed the incumbent held only a 42% approval rating (and recently, 30% of state delegates voted against the incumbent at the State Republican Nominating Convention). Additionally, the Utah Democratic Party selected an independent candidate over their own party. Utah citizens have been clear; now is the time for change.

We will soon cast our individual votes in the June 28 Republican primary. All three candidates gathered signatures – at a great effort and expense - ensuring we each have a choice. I encourage Republicans to thoroughly vet each candidate and participate in the democratic process by casting their vote in the June primary and November general elections. Together, we will become a more perfect Union.

Jessica Egbert

Jessica Egbert, Ph.D., is the founder of Limelight Leadership and the co-founder of Elected Women of Utah. She sits on the City Council in Mapleton, where her family resides. Opinions expressed by Jessica are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Mapleton City or other boards on which she serves.