SL County Mayor Ben McAdams to seek seat in Congress

SL County Mayor Ben McAdams to seek seat in Congress

(KUTV) Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has announced that he will run for Utah's 4th Congressional District.

He said in a release Tuesday that he has "spent a great deal of time pondering and discussing with my family" and said the decision is a big one.

He will face incumbent Republican. Rep. Mia Love.

The release said:

As Mayor, I've worked hard to bring people together and have gotten so many things done as a result. We rolled up our sleeves to address homelessness and reform the criminal justice system, expand educational opportunities for Utah kids, and support private sector job growth and better paychecks for Utah working families.

The new district was created in 2010 after the U.S. census. There have been two representatives, the first Jim Matheson and then Love won the seat in 2014 and won again in 2016. Much of the district is concentrated in Salt Lake County.

McAdams said in the release that he has experienced an outpouring of support and encouragement. He also said Washington D.C. could learn from the way Utah does things and dysfunction in Washington prevents things from getting done.

I don't know about you, but I know I am sick of a Congress that creates more problems than it solves.

This is a developing story. Watch 2News at 9 p.m. on KJZZ and 2News at 10 p.m. for further information.

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