It’s hard to believe that another election year is upon us. I feel like I was watching the 2008 election just moments ago, yet the fact is I wasn’t even a mother yet. Now as I look at my two sweet boys and think about my voting privilege, my perspective has certainly changed.

If you find yourself in the same situation, trying to wade through the sea of Presidential Candidates, SocialMoms will be offering a series of Candidate spotlights to provide you with resources you can use to make informed choices come voting day.

Our series starts with the Republican front-runner, Mitt Romney. After historic back to back wins in the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary, the Governor of Massachusetts is the apparent leader for the GOP. In fact a CNN poll conducted on January 11-12, 2012 declared that while Romney is still fighting for popularity among Republicans, many would support him in spite of their differences if it means winning the election.

Fast Facts about Mitt Romney

Romney was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002. At 64 years old, his political path comes on the heels of a successful career in business. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University, and holds degrees from both Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. His wealth has been seen as a stumbling block for some voters while his emphasis on family values attracts many others. A member of the Mormon Church, Romney holds family values in high esteem. He is pro-life and believes that marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman, though he is more moderate on these issues than some of his Republican opponents.

Romney supporters hope that his background in business will build trust with Americans who are focused on job creation and the economy. On his campaign website, Romney boasts of his experience in rebuilding failing companies and providing jobs. However, these claims have come under attack after a controversial campaign ad was run in South Carolina.

As stated in his Strategy to Secure America’s Enduring Interests and Ideals, Romney plans to “restore the three foundations of American power: strong values, a strong economy, and a strong military.” Romney believes that the Middle East will continue to be a major player in the international political arena. He supports Israel’s existence as a Jewish State and will seek to end Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon. In terms of spending, Romney seeks to reverse the US Military budget cuts that have occurred under President Obama and build into all branches of the Armed Forces. Notably, Romney also wants to establish a national cyber-security effort to “defend against the growing threats of militarized cyber-attacks.”

To learn more of what Mitt Romney has to say, you can follow his campaign on Twitter and Facebook.

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