Sarasota Springs Mayor Mia Love officially announced this weekend that she will challenge Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, again for the 4th District.
The Republican’s announcement sets up a rematch of one of last cycle’s most-targeted races. Matheson defeated Love by one of the slimmest vote margins of any House race in 2012.
National Republicans hailed Love’s candidacy and gave her a top speaking slot at the national convention. If she wins, she will be the GOP’s first black woman in Congress.
But after Love lost last cycle, many Republicans privately criticized how she and her team ran the campaign. In a press release announcing her candidacy, Love acknowledged that she had learned much from her first congressional campaign.
“We learned from 2012 and what we learned will make us successful in 2014,” she said.
She since hired a top consultant from Utah Republican Sen. Orrin G. Hatch’s team and began organizing her campaign early this year.