LEHI -- Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is helping Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love raise money in her Republican bid to unseat Utah's only Democrat in Congress.
Rice praised Love's conservative values at a $100-a-plate luncheon Friday.
Love has also received fundraising boosts recently from Arizona Sen. John McCain and House Speaker John Boehner, and she scored a coveted speaking slot at the Republican National Convention last week.
With little political experience, Love is known for her groundbreaking role in state politics as Utah's first black female mayor. She stands to become the first black GOP woman in Congress if she topples Democrat Jim Matheson in the November election.
Matheson is a popular six-term congressman.