SANDY -- Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love has declared she wants another shot at the congressional seat occupied by Democrat Jim Matheson.
Love's announcement that she wanted a rematch came during an afternoon speech Saturday to several thousand delegates at the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention.
"You and I have some unfinished business with Jim Matheson," Love said during her speech, which was met with loud cheers and resounding applause.
Love had previously said she was seriously considering another run and had filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission but stopped short of formally declaring she was jumping into the 2014 race.
Last November, she narrowly lost to Matheson in what was one of the most expensive races in Utah history.
Had she won, Love would have become the first black, female Republican elected to Congress.
"We just finished the election, and now isn't the time for politicking," Matheson said in a statement responding to Love's announcement. "It's time to roll up our sleeves, work together and get things done,"
Love defended the timing of her announcement while speaking to reporters after her speech.
"I think that it's never too soon to get out and talk to the people that you want to represent or that you're going to stand for," she said. "I think we should be doing this all the time, every day, reaching out to the public."
Love's announcement Saturday capped off speeches from members of Utah's congressional delegation, state elected officials and a vote to choose a new state party chair.