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Utah Rep. Jim Matheson will not seek re-election

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December 17, 2013


By Megan Busse

Salt Lake City, Utah: Democratic Representative Jim Matheson will not run for re-election to Utah's 4th Congressional District in 2014. Matheson made the surprise announcement on December 17, 2013. Matheson announced on his retirement on Facebook. He said, "When I launched my first campaign in 1999, I knew that the arc of my public service would have many chapters. It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Utah during my time in the United States House of Representatives, but my time in the House should not be the sum total of my service. Today, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the House of Representatives."[1]

The race was set to be a rematch of 2012. Republican Mia Love announced earlier in 2013 that she would run again against Matheson after losing by just 768 votes in 2012.[2] Prior to his announcement, Matheson was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program, which provided vulnerable incumbents with campaign assistance.[3] The National Republican Congressional Committee had also targeted the district as one they could potentially win in 2014.[4]

If Love wins in 2014, she would be the first black Republican female in the House and the first black representative from Utah.[5]

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