Mia Love Republican National Convention (Video)

Ludmya “Mia” Bourdeau Love (born 1975) is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and the 2012 Republican Party nominee for the United States House of Representatives in Utah’s 4th congressional district.

Love was born Ludmya Bourdeau in Brooklyn, New York in 1975 and raised in Connecticut.Both of her parents immigrated from Haiti in 1973. After they moved to Connecticut, her parents brought her older siblings from Haiti. She graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in Fine Arts. She worked at Sento Corp. and the Ecopass Corporation. She was also a flight attendant with Continental Airlines.

In 1997, she moved to Utah and married Jason Love, whom she met when he was an LDS missionary in Connecticut. Love joined the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just before their marriage. They have three children.

In 2003, Love won a seat on the Saratoga Springs City Council, becoming the first female Haitian-American elected official in Utah County, Utah; she took office in January 2004. After six years on the Council she was elected Mayor.

Saratoga Springs has experienced significant growth since being incorporated in 1997. “It was as an agricultural oasis, with just two state roads and scarce infrastructure,” according to The Salt Lake Tribune, with a population of 1,000. By 2008 the population increased to 18,000. Love was part of the city council that approved a transition from the agriculture tax to municipal tax. She also worked with other city council members to cut expenses, reducing the city’s shortfall during the economic downturn from $3.5 million to $779,000. Saratoga Springs now has the highest possible bond rating for a city of its size: AA+.

Love is running in the 4th Congressional District, which was created after the 2010 Census. She competed for the Republican nomination against attorney Jay Cobb and State Reps. Stephen Sandstrom of Orem and Carl Wimmer of Herriman; she won the nomination on April 21, 2012 at the 2012 Utah Republican Party Convention with over 70 percent of the vote. She will now face six-term Democrat Jim Matheson. Although Matheson’s home is still in the 2nd District that he has represented since 2001, he opted to run in the 4th after his old district was made much more Republican in the redistricting process.

Nationally, Love has received campaign support from Ann Romney, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, and Speaker of the House John Boehner.

In August 2012, National Journal named Love one of “Ten Republicans to follow on Twitter”.

Love was a speaker at the 2012 Republican National Convention on August 28, 2012. She spoke of the lessons she learned from her parents, such as self reliance, not reliance on government, and the theme of the importance on entrepeneurship.

Love favors “fiscal discipline, limited government, and personal responsibility.”She has also said that she asks herself three questions whenever she approaches an issue, “Is it affordable? Is it sustainable? Is it my job?”

At her college orientation, Love’s father told her: “Mia, your mother and I never took a handout. You will not be a burden to society. You will give back,” a philosophy she underscores on the trail and uses to sum up her conservative views.

Love is pro-life and has been endorsed by the Susan B. Anthony List.She supports domestic energy exploration, local control of education, Second Amendment rights, and state control of public lands.

Love’s race has been the subject of much attention, as she is the first black woman mayor in Utah history. She has said that if elected to Congress, she would “join the Congressional Black Caucus and try to take that thing apart from the inside out” and has described the Caucus as “…demagoguery. They sit there and ignite emotions and ignite racism when there isn’t. They use their positions to instill fear. Hope and change is turned into fear and blame. Fear that everybody is going to lose everything and blaming Congress for everything instead of taking responsibility.”

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