Former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, a safe bet to win her Utah House race this fall, expressed interest in joining the Congressional Black Caucus in a recent CQ Roll Call interview.
"I think I will. I will consider joining because I think that in order to affect change, you can't do it from the outside in," Love said. "You have to do it from the inside out. I'm going to see if I can make a difference there." Love would also be the first black Republican woman to serve in Congress, arriving on Capitol Hill with an outsized national following, especially for a House candidate. This bid is her second for Utah's 4th District. She first challenged Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, in 2012, but the Democrat prevailed by a narrow margin in the solidly GOP district.
She frequently repeats that margin — 768 votes — in interviews and her campaign's messaging, and she described herself as "a better candidate" this time around.
"It's not like I woke up and said, 'That last campaign was so much fun. Let's go do that again,'" she said of her decision to run this cycle. "It pretty much was my children and my husband. My children kind of said to me, 'Are you done? Are we not doing this again? When are we getting back in the race?'"
Ultimately, Matheson opted for retirement . Love was stunned: She heard the news at a grocery store and walked out of the place in a daze.
"For five minutes, I didn't remember what I was buying," she said. "I didn't remember why I was there. I think I just kind of left everything."
Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rated this race as Safe Republican .
The candidate’s team: Dave Hansen (campaign manager); y2analytics (polling); Creative Stream (media and direct mail)
Previous candidate interviews:
- Arizona's 7th District: Democrat Ruben Gallego
- Senate in Alaska: Republican Dan Sullivan
- New Hampshire’s 2nd District: Republican Marilinda Garcia
- Utah’s 4th District: Republican Bob Fuehr
- Massachusetts’ 6th District: Democrat Seth Moulton
- New York’s 1st District: Republican Lee Zeldin
- Senate in Kansas: Republican Milton Wolf
- West Virginia’s 2nd: Republican Alex Mooney
- Georgia’s 1st District: Republican Bob Johnson
- Georgia’s 10th District: Republican Mike Collins
- Senate in Minnesota: Republican Julianne Ortman
- Georgia’s 10th District: Republican Donna Sheldon
- California’s 25th District: Democrat Lee Rogers
- Michigan’s 7th District: Democrat Pam Byrnes
- Nevada’s 3rd District: Democrat Erin Bilbray
- Illinois’ 13th District: Democrat Ann Callis
- Ohio’s 6th District: Democrat Jennifer Garrison
- Michigan’s 1st District: Democrat Jerry Cannon
- Montana’s At-Large District: Democrat John Lewis
- New York’s 23rd District: Democrat Martha Robertson
- Senate in North Carolina: Republican Thom Tillis
- Senate in Alaska: Republican Mead Treadwell
- Senate in South Carolina: Republican Lee Bright
- Senate in Iowa: Republican David Young
- Senate in Kentucky: Republican Matt Bevin
- Illinois’ 12th District: Republican Mike Bost
- Idaho’s 2nd District: Republican Bryan Smith
- Michigan’s 14th District: Democrat Rudy Hobbs
- California’s 45th District: Republican Mimi Walters
- Senate in Iowa: Republican Matt Whitaker
- Senate in Nebraska: Republican Shane Osborn
- Minnesota’s 6th District: Republican Tom Emmer
- Minnesota’s 6th District: Democrat Jim Graves
- Florida’s 2nd District: Democrat Gwen Graham
- Pennsylvania’s 13th District: Democrat Daylin Leach
- Maine’s 2nd District: Democrat Emily Cain