SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on debate between Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens (all times local):
Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens used their first and likely only debate this year to spar over the congresswoman’s use of taxpayer-funded congressional mailing services.
The Monday night debate between Love and Owens also touched on climate change, education and the presidential race, but both candidates kept circling back to mailers that Love sent to her district.
Owens said Love wasted taxpayer money for spending about $300,000 from her congressional office budget on mailers, more than any other member of Utah’s delegations spent on mail to their constituents.
Love defended the mail as a legal, practical way to communicate with her district. She also says her office saved money elsewhere by having fewer staff members.
Love is facing her first re-election battle this year after defeating Owens, a Salt Lake City attorney, two years ago.
Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens are scheduled to meet in their first debate Monday night as they battle for Utah’s 4th Congressional District.
Love is facing her first re-election battle against a familiar opponent. She defeated Owens two years ago by winning 51 percent of the vote to his 46 percent.
She’s a former Saratoga Springs mayor who is popular with Utah Republicans and is considered a rising star by the GOP.
Owens is a Salt Lake City attorney and son of former U.S. Rep. Wayne Owens. He has tried to position himself as a moderate, fiscal conservative as he campaigns for the Republican-leaning district.
Their debate at Salt Lake Community College starts at 6 p.m. It will be broadcast on local network stations and news radio channels.
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