Why you should support John Curtis

Wow. The dynamics of the race changed completely with the announcement this morning that Jason Chaffetz won't be running for re-election. But what hasn't changed is the goal to #DraftJohnCurtis to run and win in Utah's 3rd Congressional District.  

Our original note is below. More updates to come... in the meantime, let's spread the word, donate, and endorse some more.

Updated 4/19/2017

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The people of Utah's 3rd Congressional District deserve better representation. Fortunately, there's a dynamic leader living in that district who we can recruit to serve: Provo Mayor John Curtis.

53% of Provo voters elected John as mayor in 2009. He promised to bring safety, prosperity, and unity to the city. Four years later, the people in Provo hired him for another term, this time with 86% of the vote.

Now, he's announced that after two terms he's ready to head back to the private sector. He's been successful in that arena before with leadership roles at OC Tanner and Action Target, so I understand why that sounds appealing to him. But I think we should work together to change his mind. Here's why:

Washington D.C. is full of people who are there for themselves, and not to serve the people they've been elected to represent. Sadly, Jason Chaffetz seems to be the poster boy for this approach.

Chaffetz has become an arrogant self promoter who's more interested in standing in front of TV cameras than his constituents.

Chaffetz has been a bully, belittling those with whom he disagrees—from congressional witnesses to his very own town hall attendees.

Chaffetz has proven to be hyper-partisan, willing to do or say anything to climb the political ladder. For instance, Chaffetz went from not being able to endorse Trump and "look his daughter in the eye" to announcing his support for Trump just 19 days later. The Washington Post put it best, "Jason Chaffetz just set some sort of modern record for flip-floppery."

Mayor Curtis is the oppositehe's a leader Utahns can be proud of. He's humble. He listens. He's authentic. And he puts people and principles above politics.

If we can persuade him to run, this is a race he will win. Mayor Curtis has earned a track record of strong leadership, consensus building, and success. His achievements as mayor include:

  • Reducing the budget by 8%
  • The purchase of Rock Canyon
  • Scheduled service at the Provo airport
  • 1.5 billion of investment in the city
  • Massive transportation improvements
  • The creation of Vision 2030

Beyond that, over the last eight years Provo's downtown has been completely revitalized. When you walk through the streets today you can't miss the burgeoning food, music, and art scene. There's a palpable good vibe in the city.

Mayor Curtis' efforts have brought Provo unprecedented recognitions:

  • #2 Best-Performing City, Milken Institute, 2016
  • #1 Most Entrepreneurial In America, Smart Asset, 2016
  • #1 Lowest Unemployment Rate, CNBC, 2016
  • #1 For Career Opportunities, Smart Assets, 2016
  • #3 Best City for Tech, DataFox, 2016
  • #1 Fastest Job Growth, Brookings Institution, 2015
  • #1 Best City to Move to, Simple Moving Labor, 2015
  • #1 For Volunteering, Corporation for National and Community Service, 2015

We could definitely benefit from leadership like that in Washington, D.C. If you agree, let's make a major upgrade and draft Mayor John Curtis to run and win in Utah's 3rd Congressional District in 2018.


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  • Matt Styles endorsed

    “We've lived in Provo for 6 of the 8 years of Mayor Curtis' term and have nothing but great things to say about what he's done. We love the city and we love to see the constant improvement in just about every aspect of it, from culture, celebrated diversity, technology, public transportation, and conservation of nature/resources. He continues to do an outstanding job.”

  • Amber Eliason endorsed

    “John is smart, kind, empathetic, and takes a common sense approach to issues rather than cling to partisan lines. It would be a privilege for the people of Utah to be represented by John.”

  • Tyler Murdock endorsed

    “While not a resident of Provo, I have always admired the thoughtful and pragmatic approach of Mayor Curtis. I sincerely hope he decides to run for higher office Utah.”

Apr 19 2017

A big day in the news

When Chaffetz made his announcement this morning, the idea of Mayor Curtis running in the 3rd District received a blast of media attention. Some of the stories are below. This quote may have best summed up the day:

"The earth shifted just a little bit when he made that announcement," Curtis said, "at least for me."

Jason Chaffetz will not run for re-election, people react (Doug Wright Show, KSL)

Chaffetz’s planned departure touches off mad scramble among would-be candidates (The Salt Lake Tribune)

Chaffetz Calls It Quits (Vice News)

A Former Presidential Candidate And A Mayor Are Considering Running For Chaffetz's Seat (Buzzfeed News)

Chaffetz says he won't seek re-election but his plans remain unclear (Deseret News)

Who wants to run for Chaffetz’s seat? Who does he face if he runs for governor? (Fox 13)

Jason Chaffetz announces he will not seek re-election, seat challengers evaluate future campaigns (Daily Herald)

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Apr 19 2017

What a day

Wow. The dynamics of the race changed completely with the announcement this morning that Jason Chaffetz won't be running for re-election. But what hasn't changed is the goal to #DraftJohnCurtis to run and win in Utah's 3rd Congressional District.  

More updates to come... in the meantime, let's spread the word, donate, and endorse some more. #LetsGo

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Apr 13 2017

Daily Herald: John Curtis fans want him to challenge Jason Chaffetz

More coverage from Daily Herald.

"It didn’t take long for fans of Provo Mayor John Curtis to organize.

Since Curtis announced he would not seek a third mayoral term last November, the chatter has grown increasingly louder for the mayor to run for a higher office."

You can read the entire article here.

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Apr 12 2017

DesNews: Campaign-funding web page urges Provo mayor to run against Chaffetz in Republican primary

The DesNews took note of the campaign today. 

"Supporters of Provo Mayor John Curtis have launched a webpage raising funds on his behalf and encouraging him to run against Rep. Jason Chaffetz in a Republican primary contest."

You can read the entire article here



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Apr 12 2017

The Prince of Oversight

A solid piece in The Atlantic about Chaffetz.

"Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz chairs the House’s watchdog committee. But critics charge he’d rather overlook the Trump administration’s infractions than look into them."

You can read the entire article here.

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Apr 12 2017

Poll: Chaffetz's approval ratings dip following controversial statements

Check out the news from UtahPolicy.com. Chaffetz approval rating has dropped by twenty percentage points since November of last year.

You can read the entire article here.

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Mar 28 2017

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  • Jeffrey Harper endorsed

  • Matt Styles endorsed

    “We've lived in Provo for 6 of the 8 years of Mayor Curtis' term and have nothing but great things to say about what he's done. We love the city and we love to see the constant improvement in just about every aspect of it, from culture, celebrated diversity, technology, public transportation, and conservation of nature/resources. He continues to do an outstanding job.”

  • Travis Birch endorsed

  • Frederick T Williams endorsed

  • Phill Taylor endorsed

  • Blu Robinson endorsed

  • Amber Eliason endorsed

    “John is smart, kind, empathetic, and takes a common sense approach to issues rather than cling to partisan lines. It would be a privilege for the people of Utah to be represented by John.”

  • erick endorsed

  • Ray Mullings endorsed

  • Ann Woodbury endorsed

  • Tyler Murdock endorsed

    “While not a resident of Provo, I have always admired the thoughtful and pragmatic approach of Mayor Curtis. I sincerely hope he decides to run for higher office Utah.”

  • Tyler Bingham endorsed

  • Sam Wood endorsed

    “Seems to be concerned with the quality of life of everyone as a whole, not just those with the deepest pockets.”

  • Alan Wessman endorsed

    “John Curtis strikes me as an effective leader who respects his constituents, appreciates diverse viewpoints, and regards himself as a public servant. This is the type of candidate we need more of, and Mr. Curtis would be a refreshing change from the self-ambitious, partisan opportunist we're currently saddled with.”

  • Ryan Viertel endorsed

  • Katie Konold endorsed

  • Donald K. Jarvis endorsed

  • Justin Miller endorsed

    “He's made Provo a great place to live. He listens to his constituents and thinks through all the angles of different problems. I wholeheartedly endorse John Curtis for House... Senate...And President.”

  • Molly Hadfield endorsed

  • Sahil Lavingia endorsed

    “An outstanding mayor with a clear set of ideals that will serve our country like it has served Provo.”

  • catherine eslinger endorsed

  • Nathan Murray endorsed

    “I feel like my quality of life would be impacted positively if John Curtis was representing District 3 and I'm not even living in the state.”

  • cameron manwaring endorsed

    “John is my last remaining hope for politics. He deserves your support. He will give it back ten fold.”

  • Richard Steiner endorsed

  • Elizabeth Jibson endorsed

  • Alan Seawright endorsed

    “He's the greatest mayor in the history of time. But seriously. He's done fantastic things for the city of Provo! And he's a thoughtful, caring, honest guy. He's also not a partisan tool, his Provo campaigns have been nonpartisan, and he's not beholden to either party for support, or to guide his decision-making. We literally couldn't ask for a better candidate to oust Chaffetz, who is... Not as good. Please donate and tell your friends!”

  • Spencer Hall endorsed

  • Jon Ogden endorsed

    “John Curtis has done fantastic things for the tech and cultural scene in Provo, and he's the perfect candidate to unseat Jason Chaffetz (whose unhinged career ambitions have embarrassed Utah long enough).”

  • Gregg Schultz endorsed

    “I met Mayor Curtis and had a long discussion about his political philosophy. I left feeling hopeful that he would continue as a public servant. There is a reason he is so beloved in Provo as exceedingly competent, non-abrasive, and keenly aware that he works for his constituents. I endorse him as the Republican candidate for UT-3!”

  • PrimaryOut endorsed

    “Primary/Out believes in John Curtis and believes he is the best opportunity to oust Jason Chaffetz. He is a principled moderate who is widely admired in Provo and who we could all be proud to have serve us. He is humble, thoughtful, and listens - the opposite of Mr. Chaffetz.”

  • Owen Fuller endorsed

    “I admire Mayor Curtis. He’s the rare elected official who’s a true public servant, and not just another politician. When John was first elected mayor I’d recently graduated from BYU and launched a company in Provo. Ever since I’ve been blown away by the impact of his leadership. He’s made Provo more business friendly, more united, and more fun—the whole city seems to have a new and better feel to it. The fact that Mayor Curtis would happily be done with politics is all the more reason that I want to #DraftJohnCurtis to run and win in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District.”