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"Salt Lake City and Utah have been incredibly well served by having a strong independent newspaper like The Tribune. I am incredibly grateful to the Huntsman family for stepping up to continue this legacy."

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, a Democrat

"For years, The Salt Lake Tribune has done the great work of reporting the news and ensuring our community is well-informed. Congratulations to the Huntsman family for stepping up and continuing The Tribune's proud tradition."

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah

"While The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has not participated in negotiations relating to a sale of The Salt Lake Tribune by Digital First Media, we wish both the Deseret News and The Tribune the best as they move forward."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

"It is great to have a local family owning The Tribune. I think first and foremost that is what everyone in the community wanted. ... Hopefully, whoever is the owner would allow the editorial board to have the freedom to do what it does best, which is speak independently about issues facing the community."

Utah Democratic Party Chairman Peter Corroon

"The Huntsmans are a leading family in Utah. Like in all of their other ventures, I would certainly expect a first-class operation."

Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans

"I am pleased to see a Utah publication like The Salt Lake Tribune purchased by a Utah family. The Huntsmans have been a cornerstone of our community for generations, and their willingness to support local initiatives in every corner of our state has made Utah a better place to live and raise a family."

Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican

"I want to know how hands off they are going to be on news and what they plan their editorial position is going to be. Is that going to be decided by Huntsman Sr. or members of the family? It is urgently critical for Utah to maintain this independent, progressive voice."

State Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City

"Will the paper change? Will the tone change? The Huntsman family is an interesting family and at the same time they are a good family. ... A family with so many [political] differences running the paper, we may have a paper with varying ideas and suggestions and opinions."

Gayle Ruzicka, president of the Utah Eagle Forum

"We need a strong and vibrant news media. I hope it provides stable, long-term funding to fulfill a very important role."

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah