Utah Representative Jim Matheson-D announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election to the United States House of Representatives next year. Matheson made the announcement via Facebook.
He maintains he will continue in his “duty to our state and our country” when his term ends, leaving open possible races that could include Governor and the US Senate. His father Scott Matheson was widely respected throughout the state when he served as Utah's Governor from 1977 until 1985.
Senator Orrin Hatch-R has indicated he will not seek reelection after seven six-year terms (winning another election in 2012), and first term Senator Mike Lee-R (elected in 2010) has been facing disapproval following his leadership role in the recent government shut-down.
Matheson first took office back in 2000, serving Utah’s second district which included most of Salt Lake City, the only democratic stronghold in the state. Following the 2010 Census, the Republican controlled Legislature divided the city into four parts, weakening Matheson’s power base. Forced to run in a more conservative district, he narrowly defeated up and coming ultra-conservative Mia Love during the last election by 768 votes. Matheson has been the only Democrat representing Utah in Washington since his election to his first term.
When asked to comment, former opponent and current Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love said she planned to continue her campaign for the fourth district as before. She announced her plan to run for the seat last May.
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