Utah Candidates running for U.S. Congress now signing up to run

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - The race has begun for Utah's 4th Congressional District. Representative Jim Matheson isn't running for re-election and on Monday, a new batch of candidates vying for his job, officially signed up.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - The race has begun for Utah's 4th Congressional District. Representative Jim Matheson isn't running for re-election and on Monday, a new batch of candidates vying for his job, officially signed up.

Utah candidates running for U.S. Congress are now signing up. Monday, the big names include the opponents for Utah's 4th Congressional District, Republican Mia Love -

"We represent Utah to Washington," said Mia Love, (R) Candidate for 4th District.

- and Democrat Doug Owens.

"Just felt strongly that it was time to do something," said Doug Owens, (D) Candidate for 4th District.

Love lost the election in 2012 to longtime Congressman Jim Matheson who announced in December he's not running for the seat again. Owens is the son of former Utah Congressman Wayne Owens who represented Utah's 2nd District twice. He said his father's example helped inspire him to run.

"(He) taught us that you need to step up when you have an opportunity to stand up for what you believe and there's some things I believe aren't being said," Owens said.

Owens wants to help strengthen our nation's middle class and improve jobs.

"A lot of costs have risen dramatically in 30 years and the wages have been stagnant, so to me that's the #1 issue," he said.

If you ask Love, she's letting the people of Utah's 4th District tell her what issues they value.

"I even promised them that I would do more town hall meetings than anyone else in Utah's federal delegation. I'm going to stick to that promise because I need them to tell me what I'm doing well and how I can improve and what are the issues really important to them," said Love.

They join Democrat Bill Peterson, Libertarian Jim Vein, and Republican Bob Fuehr who has announced he will sign to run on Tuesday.

As you can imagine, candidates won't waste much time hitting the campaign trail. The primary is expected to place in June.

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