Mayor Joe Jenkins isn't revealing much about his future in Utah politics, which is currently filled with speculation about who's going to run for what.
"I have not, at this point, ruled out anything," Jenkins said in an interview Wednesday. The mayor is considering options on the national, state and local levels. He said it is premature to make any decisions until the state redraws voting districts next year to bring them in line with the 1990 census.A host of Utah politicians are evaluating their political futures, including Salt Lake Mayor Palmer DePaulis, former Utah House Speaker Nolan Karras and Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah. All are listed as possible candidates for governor. Gov. Norm Bangerter has announced he will not seek re-election next year. (See story on A1.)
Jenkins' name is also on that list. He wouldn't say Wednesday whether he would run. His term as mayor expires at the end of 1992.
In Washington, D.C., where Jenkins attended a National League of Cities and Towns Conference this past weekend, his name came up as a possible opponent for Rep. Bill Orton, D-Utah, next year. Orton is serving his first term in Congress.
While he was in the nation's capital, Jenkins said, members of Utah's congressional delegation asked him if he was planning a bid for Orton's seat.
Jenkins, a Republican, said he told them "probably not."
He told the Deseret News that Washington is a nice place to visit but he wouldn't want to live there.
Not even as a member of Congress?
"Especially not as a member of Congress," Jenkins said.
Jenkins said he currently has too much to do as mayor to worry about his political future. "We've got so much on our agenda to get going that I have to give some attention to Provo City," he said.
Will he run for a third term as mayor?
"I don't think so. I think two terms is probably enough. But I haven't made up my mind," Jenkins said.
Jenkins earlier served two terms as a member of the Utah House of Representatives, where he was assigned to the Business and Labor and the Transportation and Public Safety standing committees and to the appropriations subcommittee for courts and corrections. He also served on the State and Local Affairs interim committee and on a special subcommittee on retirement.
A native of Spanish Fork, Jenkins has lived in Provo for more than 25 years.
He was a voting member of the Provo City Power Board prior to his election as mayor.
In 1981, he was appointed by Gov. Scott M.Matheson as state real estate commissioner, a post he held for 18 months.