Post primary, Provo has a choice between two good men for Mayor – Steve Clark and John Curtis. Both men of character, they represent a clear choice between “political experience” (Clark) and savvy business “experience” (Curtis). Although I live outside Provo, I am publicly supporting John Curtis. No, Curtis has not paid my PR firm in any way. I owe neither candidate anything, but a hand of friendship that will still be extended to both after the smoke clears and one sits in the Provo Mayor’s office.
The reason I support Mr Curtis relates to my overall view of politics in 2009. I believe John offers the best chance to really shake up governmental leadership in Utah Valley. Both of the candidates are conservative, both “experienced.” However, John has been running a substantial company in the private sector with a large budget that is answerable to shareholders. In my view, career politicians for some reason, lose some accountability to voters as their power base grows. Hence, the need for term limits. This is more true on a national basis (ie. U.S. Congress), but still true locally. Curtis is high energy with a sense of accountability to the bottom line, as well as the public. I like that.
Mr Curtis is also very focused on key issues facing Provo–budget restraints, business development, property owner rights etc. He is a huge proponent of long-term planning among major Utah Valley stakeholders. This I like a lot. I hope he will focus on Utah Valley’s environmental quality as well. Let’s get a fresh view applied to the problems facing Provo. I support John Curtis.
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