Jim Matheson, Mia Love battle down to the wire in bitter 4th Congressional District race
Love's personal story is well-known by now. She is the daughter of Haitian immigrants who she says came to the United States with $10 in their pocket. Her father scrubbed toilets and her mother worked as a housekeeper to support three children.
On her first day of college at the University of Hartford, she said her father told her she would not be a burden on society but would give back.
Love, 36, moved to Utah about 15 years ago to stay with a friend for six months and started dating Jason Love, a recently returned Mormon missionary she knew in Connecticut. She joined the LDS Church just before they were married. They now have two girls and a boy.
In 2003, she won a seat on the Saratoga Springs City Council and was elected mayor in 2009.
Matheson, 52, is a sixth-generation Utahn. His father, Scott M. Matheson, served three terms as governor and was the last Democrat to hold that office in the state.
Matheson studied government at Harvard and earned his master's degree in business from UCLA. He met his wife, Amy, in college. They have two sons.
His professional career began in the energy industry, where he worked for several years developing privately owned power plants.
He moved his family back to Utah and 2000 was elected to Congress in the 2nd Congressional District. Matheson has held the seat for six terms.
He jumped to the state's new 4th District after the Utah Legislature redrew congressional boundaries last fall. He still lives in the 2nd District boundary.
Matheson had some close races over the years, but Love is pushing him harder than any of his past opponents.
"His voting pattern does not represent the Utah I know," Love said, adding that Matheson sides with President Barack Obama 75 percent of the time.
"Utah deserves a leader who trusts the people and will tell them the hard truth about where we are and what we need to do in order to preserve our future. We need a leader who is prepared to engage in dialogue about realities, priorities and solving America’s problems," she said.
Matheson says he's an independent voice who looks at issues on their merits and then does what's right for Utah. Love, he said, puts her party first.
"I practice the politics that I was raised on by my mom and dad: Be honest, listen to all points of view and take a thoughtful, common sense approach to offer constructive solutions," he said, adding he's proud of his record as one of the most bipartisan members of Congress.
Education: Harvard, bachelor's degree; UCLA, MBA
Political experience: 12 years in U.S. House of Representatives
Family: Wife, Amy; two children
Residence: Salt Lake City
Occupation: mother, fitness instructor
Education: University of Hartford, bachelor's degree in fine arts
Political experience: Saratoga Springs City Council, six years; mayor, three years
Family: Husband, Jason; three children
Residence: Saratoga Springs
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