And Then There Were 2 – Provo Mayor

johncurtis1Post 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.

Poll: Vote here on who you think should be the next Provo, Utah Mayor.

Stephen Clark’s Web site
John Curtis’ Web site

About the Author:

As founder of PilmerPR, John Pilmer, APR serves as a PR and marketing communications advisor for both emerging and established companies. He offers customers more than 20 years of results-driven business PR and marketing experience. John and the firm have provided PR consultation and campaigns for clients such as Mozy, Novell, AdvancedMD, Certiport, NextPage, ElectraTherm, Altiris, Avamar, EmergeCore Networks, FSLogic, INVISUS, 10x Marketing, MWI, Project Insight, REIC, Seastone, US Synthetic and Funding Universe (now Lendio), among others.
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  1. Kevin Burn  October 22, 2009

    You are not from Provo, then what money interest do you support. John Curtis is a fluent, well spoken individual. His demenor is one of confidence and friendliness. Of course that doesn’t mean a thing for Provo. What means the most is the company he keeps. And that company is businessmen of your type that have money interest in in what they can make out of Provo and not have to live here.

    Your support is one more reason to oppose Mr Curtis and you poll is obviously invalid from your first statement on this page. “I support John Curtis”

    • admin  October 22, 2009

      Kevin, thanks for your comment and question. In answer, I’ll share that I’ve never taken money for any project or business from either candidate that I am aware of. Neither pays our business. While I don’t live in Provo, I do live in Orem, breathe the same air, look at the same beautiful lake and mountains, hike Rock Canyon, patronize Provo businesses regularly, and have a vested interest in the success of the Valley. As I have said, Steve and John are both good men. On the issues, I support John Curtis. Best of fortune to you.


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