Former Republican congresswoman Mia Love has endorsed a state lawmaker who is one of four candidates hoping to win back the seat for the GOP.
Love said Wednesday that Rep. Kim Coleman has been a tenacious contender against three other Republicans also competing for the party’s nomination in the suburban Salt Lake City district.
“I am supporting Kim Coleman because she is working her tail off and had the guts to jump into a race early that was going to be the most difficult district in Utah,” Love said in a statement. The first black female Republican in Congress, she served two terms and became a CNN contributor after a razor-thin defeat at the polls in 2018.
She had briefly considered a rematch against Democrat Ben McAdams, who could be facing an uphill battle to win re-election in the Republican-leaning 4th Congressional District.
Instead, she is backing Coleman, who is competing against former radio host Jay Mcfarland, former NFL player Burgess Owens and non-profit CEO Trent Christensen in the June 30 race.