Robles would be the first Hispanic from Utah to run for Congress. She spoke with ABC 4 Utah Reporter Cristina Rendon about her decision.
“I think we're at a point in Utah where there is a need for more balance and difference voices to be represented,” she said.
Robles, a Democrat, said she has studied Utah’s 2nd District, which is currently represented by Republican Christ Stewart. The district covers Davis County, parts of West Valley City and Tooele, about 90% of Salt Lake and all the counties Southwest down to St. George.
The diversity she has seen makes her want to run.
“When you look at the demographics, they're changing and what we need to do it get our voters engaged and actually vote,” Robles said.
Robles knows it will be an uphill battle. She plans to raise $1 million for her grassroots campaign that involves going door to door to meet as many people as possible.
She hopes voters value her experience. Robles worked in the Governor’s Office before being elected to the Utah Senate in 2008. She also works for Zion’s Bank in their community development department.
“Many people may relate to some of my experiences,” she said. “At the end of the day all Americans want the same things, quality of education for their children, quality of life, good health care and economic development.”
Robles also wants to be a good role model for her young daughter by making an impact on her future.
The official announcement by Robles will be made at 11:00 a.m. inside the Utah State Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday.