EXCLUSIVE: Mayor Mia Love not afraid to run against Rep. Carl Wimmer

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Saratoga Springs mayor talks candidly about a possible run for Congress.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Is Utah ready to elect a black woman to Congress?

Well, Utah may find out very soon.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love tells ABC 4 that she's now "strongly considering" running for Utah's new Congressional seat.

Mia Love is the daughter of Haitian immigrants who came to America with more dreams than dollars.

Love was first a city councilwoman, then a mayor.

And now, she's eyeing a new challenge.

Mia love made history when she became Utah's first black female mayor.

But now, there may be more to her story.

ABC 4 News: "You're running aren't you?

Mayor Mia Love: “I am strongly considering a run for the U.S. House"

Love has already been to Washington D.C., met with Republican strategists there and says she's pleased with her fund-raising efforts.

But she may not have raised as much as State Representative Carl Wimmer.

Wimmer says he has raised more than $100,000 dollars.

Some consider Wimmer to be the front-runner in Utah's new 4th Congressional District.

So we asked Love if she was intimidated by him.

ABC 4 News: "Are you afraid of Carl Wimmer?”

Love: “Oh gosh. I am not afraid of anyone."

Wimmer certainly has his strong supporters.

But Utah county sources tell ABC 4 that Wimmer is not beloved by all.

And Love knows - if she wins - it would big news locally and nationally.

ABC 4 News: "Do you think Carl Wimmer is afraid of you?”

Love: “I don't know. But I think anyone, if they're running against me, I think anyone should be a little concerned."

Now, as for announcing her intentions, Love says she will wait until the legislature finishes drawing a new Congressional map.

As for Carl Wimmer, he tells ABC 4 that he encourages everyone to run who is interested.

You can see the entire interview with Mayor Love this Sunday morning at 7:30, right here on ABC 4.


Follow Chris Vanocur on Twitter: @cvan4


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