Ludmya "Mia" Bourdeau Love (born 1975) is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and the Republican Party 2012 nominee in Utah's 4th congressional district. She will face six-term incumbent Democratic Representative Jim Matheson for the seat in November 2012.
Early life, education, and business careerLove was born Ludmya Bourdeau in Brooklyn, New York in 1975, though she was largely 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 1998, Mia moved to Utah and got to know 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 and married Jason. They have three children.
Saratoga Springs City CouncilIn 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.
Mayor of Saratoga SpringsSaratoga 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+.
2012 congressional electionLove 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, who is the wife of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt 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 Republican National Convention on August 28, 2012. She spoke of her parents' message of self reliance on not relying on the government and the theme of the importance on entrepeneurship.
Political positionsLove 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."