POLITICS + GOVERNMENT

Candidate Conversation: Mia Love for 4th District, Congress

Oct 15, 2018, 12:38 PM
Editor’s Note: This is part of a 12-episode series of Candidate Conversations with the Voices of Reason Podcast in which hosts Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee talk with Utah candidates running for federal office. The podcasts offer unique depth into the candidates’ priorities, backgrounds and reasons for running to represent the citizens of Utah. This is an effort to help voters learn more about those running for office and their positions on critical local and national issues.

SALT LAKE CITY — Before Rep. Mia Love, R-UT gained notoriety as the first black Republican female to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, she was a small town mayor born the daughter of Haitian immigrants who firmly believed in the principles of freedom and democracy that America stands for.

Speaking on the Voices of Reason podcast with Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee, Love explained how deeply grateful they were upon taking the oath of citizenship.

Coming to America

“They had studied American history, they studied the Constitution and when they pledged their allegiance to the American flag for the very first time, they knew exactly what they were doing and they meant every word of it,” she said.

“They weren’t just willing to take on the benefits of being a U.S. citizen, but (also) the responsibilities.”

They told her, “You are going to do your part to preserve and make this a great place for not just you, but for everybody around you. Use your gifts and talents for the betterment of society.”

Born in New York and raised in Connecticut, Mia Love moved to Saratoga Springs after graduating from college. Her political career was launched when she served on the city council, then as mayor, before running for Congress in 2012.

Separate and unequal

During her tenure in Washington, D.C., Love has made immigration one of her priority issues.

“I hate to think that in the United States today, that we have two types of Americans — those that have citizenship and those who no matter how hard they try, work and contribute to our society can never seek citizenship,” she said. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my parents’ ability to come and be (citizens).”

Hear the full Candidate Conversation along with Love’s thoughts on other issues here as well as why she believes Utah voters should select her to return to Congress on the Voices of Reason podcast. To hear other Candidate Conversations, subscribe to the podcast free on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or wherever you enjoy podcasts.

Today’s Top Stories

Politics + Government

TikTok shown on a phone. TikTok is proving influential in poliitics...
DAVID KLEPPER Associated Press

TikTok politics: Candidates turn to it ‘for better or worse’

TikTok isn't just about viral dance challenges anymore, but also a place to shop, learn about beauty, fashion or even politics.
16 hours ago
FILE - President Joe Biden speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022...
ZEKE MILLER and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press

Biden: ‘Our country hurts’ after Hurricane Ian slams Florida

President Joe Biden on Thursday said “our entire country hurts” along with the people of Florida.
2 days ago
Sen. Gene Davis...
Simone Seikaly

Salt Lake County Dems call for immediate resignation of Sen. Gene Davis

Salt Lake County Democrats say they've completed their investigation and determined that Sen. Gene Davis violated anti-harassment policies.
4 days ago
Utah less red...
Lindsay Aerts

Voters could see an increase in police presence at the polls

Growing tensions may result in an increase in the presence of uniformed officers at polling stations during mid-terms.
4 days ago
First Lady Utah vaccine mandate...
Priscilla Alvarez, CNN

Biden touts climate package at Global Citizen Festival

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden addressed the Global Citizen Festival early Sunday, underscoring the administration's commitment to climate action
6 days ago
mike lee cpac bill of rights speech...
Mark Jones

Senate race between Lee and McMullin is tight as election day gets closer

According to the latest Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics survey, Sen. Mike Lee holds a two-point lead over challenger Evan McMullin Utah's U.S. Senate race.
9 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Candidate Conversation: Mia Love for 4th District, Congress