Mia Love Still Hopes to Be the First Black Republican Woman in the House

Mia Love Still Hopes to Be the First Black Republican Woman in the House

Mia Love has announced plans to run for Congress again.

Published May 22, 2013

The good news for those who aspire to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives is that if at first they don't succeed, they can try again – every two years.

After losing her first bid last year, Mia Love, the mayor Sarasota Springs, Utah, who gained national fame for being Black, Mormon and Republican, announced Saturday that she will once again try to unseat incumbent Democrat Jim Matheson. Short by fewer than 800 votes, if elected, she would have been the first Black Republican woman to serve in the House.

In an interview with the political newspaper The Hill, Love said she learned some important lessons in 2012 that she will apply in 2014.

“I think most important is finding the best political strategists in the state of Utah and having them work on our campaign, and really getting a road map from now until the election,” she said.

Love has already hired at least one veteran strategist, is looking for a new pollster and reaching out to donors. She's also trying to hone her message.

“We’re really going to focus on what we bring to the table,” she told The Hill. “I’ll bring my message of fiscal discipline, limited government [and] fiscal responsibility to people frustrated with Washington and fed up with the dysfunction.”


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Written by Joyce Jones

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