Former Republican congressional candidate and Saratoga Springs, Utah mayor Mia Love stole the show last August at the Republican National Convention. The small town mayor, who was given a prime time speaking slot, stated in her RNC speech, “The American Dream is our story. It’s a story of human struggle, standing up and striving for more. It’s been told for over 200 years with small steps and giant leaps; from a woman on a bus to a man with a dream; and the bravery of the greatest generation, to the entrepreneurs of today. This is our story.”
Love, 37, is a black Republican, member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a mother of three, and a first-generation American. In 2010, Mia Love was elected mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, making her the first black woman to hold that office. During the 1970s, Love’s parents sought citizenship and came to New York from Haiti in search for the American Dream (which was the focus of Love’s 2012 RNC speech).
“Let me tell you about the America I know,” said Love, “My parents immigrated to the U.S. with ten dollars in their pockets, believing that the American dream they had heard about really did exist. When times got tough they didn’t look to Washington, they looked within.” She continued, “So the America I know was centered on personal responsibility and filled with the American Dream.”
In 2012, Love ran against Rep. Jim Matheson, a seven-term Democrat for Utah’s 4th congressional district. The district, which Love lost in November 2012 by less than 800 votes, makes up less than 3% of Utah’s population. Although she didn’t win the election, Love’s desire to ignite the Republican party and fire for serving the people of Utah did not go out.
She recently rekindled her national support while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in March. Throughout her speech, Love admitted that the 2012 election was rough. However, she encouraged Republicans to persevere and remain confident. “I believe it’s the type of confidence that Ronald Reagan had,” Love said, “when he declared that it is always ‘morning in America.'”
Just six months after her November 2012 defeat, mayor Mia Love announced Saturday, May 18th, to over 2,500 delegates at the Utah GOP convention that she will again be challenging Rep. Jim Matheson for Utah’s 4th district in 2014. The Matheson camp has expected Love to run again in 2014 and is preparing for a long, hard, expensive race. It is rumored that Rep. Matheson has already fundraised over $200,000 for his 2014 campaign. If Love is successful in her bid for Utah-04 next fall, she will become the first black female Congresswoman in the United States House of Representatives.
To stay up-to-date on the campaign for Utah-04, follow Mia Love on Twitter @MiaBLove.
Originally written by Julia Porterfield for A New Voice.