Black Mormon Conservative Mia Love won the GOP’s 4th Congressional District nomination at the Republican convention today.
Mia Love pulled a major upset, winning the Republican Party nomination in Utah’s 4th Congressional District, advancing to face U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson in November. Love won 70.4 percent of the vote from the delegates while former state lawmaker Carl Wimmer captured 29.6 percent.
From the Love4Utah website:
In November 2011, Mia Love filed to run for Utah’s newly formed 4th Congressional District based on her demonstrated leadership on conservative principles. She credits her parents with providing the foundation for her ideals. After many years of living in the unstable, regime-torn socialist island country of Haiti, her parents immigrated legally to the United States with $10 in their pockets in hopes of achieving the American Dream.
Mia was born in Brooklyn, New York and eventually moved to Connecticut. Mia recalls both parents working hard to earn a living, her father at times taking on second jobs cleaning toilets to pay for school for their three children. On the day of Mia’s college orientation, her father said something to her that would become the ethos for her life:
“Mia, your mother and I never took a handout.
You will not be a burden to society. You will give back.”
Mia graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in fine arts. She found faith. Then she found Jason. And then she found herself in Utah ready to give back. Mia served two terms on the city council of Saratoga Springs, one of Utah’s fastest growing cities. As City Councilwoman and eventually Mayor, Mia led the city through a period of 1700% population growth in a decade. Under her leadership, the city was able to successfully navigate the drastic transition from agricultural fields to a booming residential community. When the citizen growth necessitated fire and police services, Mia fought to make sure the city’s first ever residential tax implementation would only pay for those essential services, and she structured it in such a way that the tax decreased as a percentage of property value.
UPDATE: John Fund at National Review has more on conservative Mia Love.
She now goes on to face Democratic incumbent Jim Matheson in a newly drawn district that Matheson is moving into because his old seat was stuffed with too many Republicans during redistricting. But the new seat is no bargain for him. Sprawling south of Salt Lake City, two-thirds of its residents will be new to him and the generic Republican vote is at least 60 percent. A Salt Lake Tribune poll this month had Matheson ahead of Love by only 45 percent to 42 percent, with the incumbent well below the 50 percent mark that is traditionally considered essential to win reelection. Love is already making progress. A KSL-TV poll last December showed her trailing Matheson by 17 percentage points.
UPDATE: Thank you, Wendy, for your comment,
I am in Mia’s district and served as a delegate at the state convention. I have met with her, asked her questions. She is bright and articulate. She is the real deal. I wish all of America could see the speech she gave yesterday. She is an amazing woman and what we need for our country. She is going to need as much help as we can give her to beat Jim Matheson. If you can please go to her website and help. It is love4utah.com.