SALT LAKE CITY — The race for Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart’s congressional seat is heating up following a spirited debate against his Democratic challenger.

Charlene Albarran on Tuesday night challenged the congressman on his record in Washington and his opposition to a proposed national monument in southern Utah.

Stewart countered that many voters are against the proposed Bears Ears monument, and he’s worked hard for Utah in Congress.

Stewart questioned whether Albarran knows local voters, pointing to her home outside the congressional district in tony Park City.

Albarran responded that she primarily lives in Salt Lake City, and an in-district home isn’t required for members of the House of Representatives.

Stewart is a two-term congressman from a heavily Republican district who won his last race with 61 percent of the vote.