|first black woman Republican, Mia Love|
Election day ended with Congress gaining its first black woman Republican, Mia Love. Although some would like to think otherwise, she insists that Utah voters backed her solely based on her values, not her race or gender.
Love, a 38-year-old Mormon and mother of three, has done what several naysayers thought she could not. The daughter of Haitian immigrants became a favored candidate for Utah’s 4th Congressional District this year, and now, the former mayor of Saratoga Springs has achieved an historic victory.
While it is clear that Utah finally warmed up to Love, she was still compelled to congratulate her faithful supporters for believing in her in spite of some qualities that could have potentially cause a repeat of her defeat in 2012, as USA Today reported. “Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect a black Republican LDS (Latter-day Saint) woman to Congress,” she told a group of her supporters after her win. “Not only did we do it, we were the first to do it!”
But Love maintains that she won the vote of her fellow Utahans not because of her physical features, but because citizens resonated with her “values.” In her Wednesday interview with CNN, she explained that she won based on simply embodying what Utah wanted in a representative.
“This has nothing to do with race,” Love said. “Utahans have made a statement that they’re not interested in dividing Americans based on race or gender, that they want to make sure that they are electing people who are honest, who have integrity, who could be able to go out and actually make sure that we represent the values that they hold dear.”
When one of the CNN hosts asked Love if she was sure that her win was not just an attempt at giving minorities a “fair shot,” Love explained that Saratoga Springs had a small population, but she was able to win the majority-white population over anyway because of her “positive issues-oriented campaign.”
While Love rejects race for being a factor in her achievements, she says she is open to joining the Congressional Black Caucus, which currently consists of all Democrats,People reported. “I’m kind of a nightmare for the Democratic Party,” she said earlier this year. “They don’t want me there. But I’m coming.”
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