Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announces run for Utah 4th Congressional District

October 19, 2017 GMT

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams issued a statement Wednesday evening announcing his run for Utah’s 4th Congressional District, on the same evening candidates battled out national issues in a debate to take over Jason Chaffetz’s place as representative of the neighboring 3rd Congressional District.

“I want to represent Utah’s 4th Congressional District because I want to take my bipartisan approach to Washington and apply it to the partisan gridlock,” McAdams said in a released statement. “People say ‘Washington is so broken.’ I won’t settle for that. I have learned we can make progress and get anything done, whether it’s balancing a budget, or maintaining hundreds of miles of roadway, if we work together. I’m proud of my service as mayor and of how we’ve helped improve public safety, grow the economy, keep taxes low and give Utah families an opportunity to build a bright future. I know I can take that same approach to Washington and make a difference. Today I start my campaign to earn the support of Utahns in the 4th District next year.”

McAdams, a Democrat, and his wife and four children live in Salt Lake City. He is a graduate of the University of Utah and Columbia Law School. Prior to serving as mayor, McAdams was elected to the Utah State Senate in 2008. He has held the position of mayor since Jan. 2013.

U.S. Rep. Mia Love, R-Saratoga Springs, is currently serving her second term as the representative of the 4th Congressional District. In 2014, Democrat Doug Owens lost to Love by about a 5 percent margin. In 2016, a rematch between Love and Owens saw Love come out on top by about 10 percentage points. Prior to Love, the seat was held by Democrat Jim Matheson.