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Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love is among those weighing a bid for U.S. Congress, she said Tuesday after returning from a exploratory trip to Washington, D.C.
"Things are looking good," said the first-term Republican mayor, although she doesn't plan to make any final decisions until after the congressional boundaries are drawn, which should be in mid-September or October.
"It's really important that we know where we're going to run before we run. I think it's presumptuous to say I'm going to run in a certain district when the boundaries aren't even drawn yet," Love said. "It's either presumptuous or someone knows something I don't."
Love met with the National Republican Congressional Committee, the group Americans for Tax Reform, and Freedomworks, as well as Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee. She didn't hold any fundraisers during the trip, but said she came away with valuable information.
"I went there to present myself and see if I could be a viable candidate," she said, adding it was exciting to be in Washington during the debt ceiling wrangling.
State Rep. Carl Wimmer who lives just north of Saratoga Springs in Herriman has already declared his candidacy for Congress, regardless of what district he ends up in. And Chuck Williams, a retired Air Force pilot, has also filed to run in the 2nd District.
Love said her decision won't be influenced by Wimmer's candidacy or anybody else. Instead, she said that she will consult with her family and decide if she can contribute in Congress.
"If I can do something that will help our state out, then it's my job to do that," Love said.
Her primary concern, she said, is reducing the size of government and controlling government spending.
Love became the first female black mayor in the state when she was elected in 2009.
She had previously served for six years on the Saratoga Springs City Council. Love was born in New York to Haitian immigrant parents and was raised in Connecticut.
She and her husband, Jason, have three children.