Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
John Curtis speaks in the Republican debate for the 3rd Congressional District race at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo on Friday, July 28, 2017.
Ballots are out, voting has begun — and so have the attack ads. In the 3rd Congressional District special election, two of the candidates — the ones far behind in the polls — are attacking the front-runner, Mayor John Curtis.
During his time as mayor of the third largest city in Utah, Curtis has repeatedly shown he can make the hard decisions. He does not back down to the bullies that so often infest the public square. He has also shown time and again that he is proactive at getting people to the table where they hammer out win-win solutions.
Mayor Curtis took office just as the Great Recession hit, and as he came into office, he faced a $5 million deficit. Action was needed, but instead of unilaterally deciding what was best for the city, he pulled together department managers, employees and an all-star financial team from the community. Together, they found a way to cut expenses without cutting services. We need more of those collaborative, fiscally responsible results in Washington.
He also had to deal with the millstone of iProvo, an agreement entered into by previous administrations. The fiber optic cables had been laid, but were not being maximized. Taxpayer money was being flushed down the toilet to the tune of approximately $3 million per year. Mayor Curtis pursued, wooed and ultimately persuaded Google Fiber to buy out the failed experiment, provide free internet to city residents for seven years and effectively got government out of private sector business. It was epic. We need more of that type of proven innovative thinking and commitment to local control.
Under his leadership, Provo was recently named the best managed city in the United States and has been listed by Forbes as the No. 1 city in the country for business and careers. Provo has also been named the “Best City to Move to,” the No. 1 city for volunteerism, the No. 1 city for well-being and the No. 1 most entrepreneurial city in America. Again, results, not just…