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Who to watch for at the Republican national convention

As the election focus turns to the Republican convention in Tampa this week, much has been said about the expected high-profile appearances. From Governor Chris Christie to Condoleezza Rice, a number of prominent Republicans will take the stage in preparation for Mitt Romney’s nomination. A full list of speakers can be found here.

Want to learn more about this year’s speakers? We’ve highlighted a few worth taking a closer look.

Mia Love, Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah and Congressional candidate for Utah’s 4th District

Love, a first generation Haitian-American, was elected mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah in 2010,  becoming the first black mayor in the state’s history.

She told the Daily Caller she is particularly passionate about “fiscal discipline, limited government and personal responsibility” in line with the positions of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan who have centered their campaign on many of the same issues.

Love has attracted the attention of both the RNC and top Republican leaders — including John McCain and John Boehner, who have both appeared on the campaign stump to support her. The RNC has already donated over $1 million to campaign television ads in Utah, according to the Huffington Post. Love addressed the convention on Tuesday night, speaking on the theme: “the American dream is our story.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Photo: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

John Kasich, Governor of Ohio

NtK investigated the importance of Ohio on presidential politics this month, so it’s no surprise that the state’s governor has been enlisted to take part in this year’s convention. Kasich took office in 2011 after serving the state in the House of Representatives. Kasich has also hosted his own show on Fox News, Heroes with John Kasich.

Kasich and Romney have a similar outlook on how to run their respective political offices. Both have worked on Wall Street — Romney at Bain and Kasich at the former investment firm Lehman Brothers — and much Romney’s platform, Kasich was elected to run Ohio based on his ideas to  “restructure everything” about how the state is run.

Kasich created a bit of a stir in his remarks on Tuesday evening, teasing Vice President Joe Biden about his golf skills. See his speech here.

Craig Romney, son of Republican candidate Mitt Romney

Like all of the Romney sons and like Mitt himself, Craig Romney attended Brigham Young University. He once worked as an advertising music producer at the advertising and design agency mcgarrybowen but now serves as the Director of Young Americans for Romney. The youngest Romney son is not new to the spotlight — He shot a Spanish language ad for his father in which he spoke on the behalf of  the Romney family saying in the spot, “[they] value America as a “nation of immigrants.”

Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico

Martinez is the first female Hispanic governor in history, elected to the office in 2011. Martinez was apparently on the list of potential VP candidates but declined consideration for the job, saying she was committed to her term in New Mexico. She is notoriously fiscally conservative, even selling the state-owned jet her predecessor used for travel. Before her election to the office of Governor, Martinez was a District Attorney in Southern New Mexico. Interestinly, her Great-grandfather Toribio Ortega fired the first shot of the 1910 Mexican Revolution.

She will speak between former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan on Wednesday evening.