Profile: Mia Love (Election 2012)

11 Nov

 

Mia Love was born on December 6, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York. Her full name is Ludmya Bourdeau. Both of her parents immigrated from Haiti in 1973. Her birth granted her entire family citizenship under an immigration law that was set to expire in 1976. She graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in performing arts. After graduating college she joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints and moved to Utah to be closer to the temple. She had become civically involved in 2002 where she was the spokesperson of her community. In 2003 she won a seat on the Saratoga Springs City Council, where she became the first Haitian American elected official in Utah County, Utah. After six years on the council Love was elected mayor in 2009. As City Council woman 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. One of her first acts as mayor was to reduce the residential property tax. Mayor Love is best known for her conservative positions on limited government, increased citizen liberties and limited restraints on business.

Love ran for the 4th congressional district seat, which was created after their 2010 census. She won nomination at the Utah Republican Party Convention against her republican opponents Jay Cobb, Stephen Sandstrom, and Carl Wimmer with over 70 percent of the vote. Her opponent for the 2012 congressional election is six term democrat Jim Matheson. Mia Love will be the first black female to serve in the House.

Election Results: Mia Love conceded in the congressional race against incumbent and Representative Jim Matheson (D). Matheson lead by 49.3% and love fell behind with 48.1%. Love lost by fewer than 3,000 votes.

Love supports fiscal discipline, limited government, and personal responsibility. When approaching an issue she asks: is it affordable? Is it sustainable? Is it my Job? Love is prolife and is supported by the Susan B. Anthony list. Love supports domestic energy exploration, local control of education, second amendment rights, and state control of public lands.

Fun Facts: Mia is a wife and mother of 3 children. In her spare time Mia is an avid runner, tread trainer, and accomplished singer and dancer.

 

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