The group that lobbies for and supports more than 18,000 teachers and educators in the state has thrown its support behind Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, in his quest to win Utah's new 4th Congressional District seat.
Matheson's campaign announced the endorsement on Wednesday morning with a statement from the Utah Education Association touting that Matheson has been a loyal supporter to local control of education and a fighter for public schools.
"Jim has been a true friend to education throughout his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives," said Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, UEA president. "From standing up against private school vouchers to helping save teachers' jobs during the recession, to opposing inflexible No Child Left Behind rules, he has been a champion for Utah teachers, parents and school children. We are proud to endorse his re-election effort."
Matheson stated that he was proud to stand with Utah's teachers as he welcomed the endorsement of Utah's largest education association. He said teachers are preparing Utah's schoolchildren today to be the employees that Utah companies will need tomorrow.
Matheson, who represents Utah in the 2nd Congressional District but is opting to run in the 4th in this election cycle, is running against Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love for the seat.
Love pulled in an endorsement from the national political action committee known as Maggie's List this week. The committee was created to help raise funds and awareness for conservative women who are running for federal office. Love said in a statement that the endorsement was an honor to receive.
"Washington could use more of the old-fashioned common sense that women use to manage their households, balance their family budgets and raise their children. We need to focus on practical, sustainable solutions to the problems facing our country, and women are uniquely positioned to do that. I appreciate the work of Maggie's List in helping to elect fiscally conservative women," Love said.
Love is working hard on the fundraising front, though Matheson is still ahead.
KSL reports that Matheson has $1.2 million in the bank, about four times as much as Love. But thanks largely to congressional Republicans Love raised about $355,000 from April to June. Matheson took in $361,000 during those months.
Among Love's donors are several dozen House members, including House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, according to an Associated Press story. Mitt Romney's son Josh Romney also contributed, as did Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and John McCain of Arizona. Also donating to the Love campaign were The Boyer Company, former EnergySolutions CEO Steve Creamer and former Miss America Sharlene Wells.
Utah's 4th district covers the western halves of Utah and Salt Lake counties. It runs as far north as South Salt Lake and south to south of Nephi.