Herald editorial: Utah will still be served another 2 years with Rep. Mia Love in office

October 11, 2018

One of Utah’s more closely-contested races for the Nov. 6 election is for the 4th Congressional District seat against Republican incumbent Rep. Mia Love and Democratic challenger Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.

Elections in the 4th District always seem to get a little muddied and “dirty” between candidates, and this year is no different. We have no desire to jump into the political mire that are their campaign ads and claims.

The Daily Herald Editorial Board met with Love and McAdams to talk about the most pressing issues to Utah, and how they plan to represent them in the next two years should they be elected.

We found both candidates to have experience and knowledge on Utah’s — and Utah County’s — top issues of concern. It was refreshing for the editorial board to meet with candidates from both parties who were well-versed, articulate representatives of their respective parties — not just placeholders or de factos. We believe voters are best served when presented with multiple reputable options, not just one party’s unchallenged candidate.

The positive side of this competitive race, in our opinion, is that both are capable of serving Utah in Congress. The question that makes this race competitive is who would be the best option?

We found McAdams to be extremely engaged and invested to do the hard work required to be a member of Congress as he expressed lessons he’s learned as mayor like the fact that “You’re a better representative when out listening to the community.” And we wholeheartedly agree. In this era of politics, there is a strain of Utahns that wish people to be a priority ahead of politics — asking what is right for Utah regardless of party.

McAdams has said that if elected, he would not vote along Democratic Party lines 97 percent of the time, alluding to Love’s past voting record. He expressed concern for health care, water and land management, infrastructure and Social Security. We particularly appreciated his approach to politics viewing elected officials as public servants, not leaders.

However, in our discussions with both candidates, we did not find sufficient cause to urge voters to remove Love from service after two terms.

Whether you agree with her political viewpoints or not, Love has been productive during her time in Congress, having passed a bill into law just this year allowing small banks to lend money in more rural communities.

She claims she does not look to President Donald Trump on how to vote in Congress, but to Utahns, suggesting that how would one do so when “The president is wishy washy on the bills he supports.”

Love votes consistently conservative. However, she also represents Utah when it diverges from national opinion like with immigration and refugees. Love herself is the daughter of immigrants and believes the country needs reform and that there is a false choice presented to the American public that must be either border security or open immigration. What’s really needed is something of a compromise, and we concur. We find her participation in the Congressional Black Caucus an asset to Utah, a caucus that is not based on extreme political sides but finding support and unity for African-Americans across the country.

Likewise, we are encouraged by Love’s desire to find a legislative solution and equivalent to DACA, which is not permanent and can be instated or removed depending on the president in office.

If Utahns choose to re-elect Love, they should expect her to prioritize pro-life issues, immigration and the country’s out-of-control debt in the following two years, as well as continue to propose legislation to Congress that limits bills to one subject in order to hold Congress accountable.

For these reasons, we believe Love best represents Utah County’s desires, and we hope that she further reaches out to the community in listening to their needs if re-elected.

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