Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is running for Congress


SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is jumping into the race for Utah’s 4th Congressional District.

The Democratic mayor released the following statement to his supporters Wednesday evening.

“I’m a seventh generation Utahn. This is the home that I love. It’s where I choose to raise my four children, served in my church, make friends and acquaintances from all walks of life and where I’ve had the great honor to represent the community I love as Salt Lake County Mayor.

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. 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 service as mayor and of how we’ve helped improved 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 to 4th District next year.”

His campaign launched a website at

McAdams will challenge two-term Republican Representative Mia Love in the race. Her campaign manager, David Hansen, sent ABC4 Utah this statement:

“Mia Love has, since her first election to Congress, represented and articulated the desires of the families of the fourth congressional district with distinction.  She has spent many hours listening to those she represents and has been a force for change and accomplishment in the House of Representatives.  That is where her focus is and should be right now — fulfilling her responsibilities as a member of Congress.  Mia never takes elections for granted and when the appropriate time for campaigning begins she will be fully prepared and fully engaged in the campaign, whoever her Democrat opponent may be, and is confident that the voters of our district will return her to Congress to continue fighting and working for us.”

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