My name is Sue Curtis, and my husband John is running for Congress. Let me tell you a little about John. I think it's fair to say that I know him better than anyone else. Our first date was junior prom, when he was 17 and I was 16. We've been married now for 35 years, and have shared the joys and trials of raising six wonderful children.
We grew up in the East Millcreek/Olympus Cove area of Salt Lake County and graduated from Skyline. John served an LDS mission to Taiwan. After his mission, he graduated from BYU with a degree in business management. I went to the University of Utah and got a degree in physical therapy. The BYU/Utah rivalry is strong in our family!
Following two years with Citizen where John was named national salesman of the year at age 25, he landed a job with OC Tanner Co. in California and Virginia. After 10 years we moved back to Utah, where John became an owner in the Action Target Company located in Provo. After growing the company for 10 years — increasing sales 700 percent — he decided to step down as COO.
The first thing he did after being elected mayor was trim more than $5.5 million from the city budget that was upside down. He did so with consensus from the department directors, employees and citizens. He took the noose that was around Provo's neck — a $40 million debt for iProvo — and negotiated with Google to take it over, giving our residents free internet for seven years.
John's not your typical politician. With Ronald Reagan as his political hero, he holds himself to a high set of principles and values that will always be at the core of who he is. John believes a government should not do for you what you can do for yourself.
He's a strong advocate of personal responsibility and accountability. He's been criticized for placing principle above party when he felt it was the right thing to do.
John doesn't like the yuck in politics so prevalent now, nor does he believe it's necessary. He feels the current climate is pulling America down.
We have thought long and hard about this decision. The easy thing would be to turn a blind eye and take the easy road of a good job with decent hours. But John is not one to choose easy over what's right. He is not without flaws, but if you put your trust in him I can guarantee you will get a competent, hardworking, trustworthy, knowledgeable, commonsense man who is approachable and comes with a unique skill set that could actually make a difference in Washington.
I encourage you to do your research and find out for yourself why John has had upwards of a 94 percent approval rating in Provo with over 80 percent of the citizens thinking they are getting a great bang for their taxpayer buck.
I hope you will join me in voting for John in the Republican primary for the special election in the 3rd Congressional District.
Sue Curtis is the wife of John Curtis, who is running for the 3rd Congressional District seat.