Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

signsWhen I took office six years ago, I remember feeling and saying that I had the best job in the world and that I felt incredible blessed to be able to serve as the Mayor of Provo. I still have “pinch me” moments when it all seems like an incredible dream. I’ve loved it all. Even the tough moments and the “creative criticism.” Our residents are amazing and the employees of the city are an incredible talented-dedicated group of people.

No doubt I’ve made a few mistakes along the way. One of those mistakes was being ambivalent about a third term when I won my second term 2 years ago. I’m afraid residents have interpreted my reluctance as a decision against a third term. I counted this last week and I heard the same comment ten times in one week.ย ย “I’m sorry to hear you’re not running again.” I always take it as a compliment but at the same time I feel it’s important for residents and employees to know that I have not made a decision about a third term. I’m only two years into my term and I don’t expect to make a decision until at leastย 12 months from now.

Right now it’s very important to me that Provo’s residents and employees know that I’m not even thinking about an end. My head is in the game and I come to work every morning excited and honored to be Provo’s Mayor. I dream about work, I love work and I have a hard time putting it down. I love this city and my job.

When it comes time to make that decision, I’ll be heavily influenced by my ability to maintain the energy, passion and love for this job. I want to be absolutely certain I can give Provo’s residents and employees my entire game.

PSย If I throw away my campaign signs that’s a sure sign I’m not running. So far they’re still in my driveway.

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  1. Sherry

    Please run ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Carole

    We have been very impressed with the great job you have done as Mayor. We hope you decide to run again.

  3. Dan

    4 more years!!

  4. Kurt

    Come on mayor! You gotta learn from history so you don’t repeat it! Teddy Roosevelt, when he won his election, announced that night that he would not run for the next one and that that 4 years would be his last. He said it was the biggest political mistake he had ever made because it made him appear like a lame duck. Luckily, I don’t think anyone in Provo thinks you’re lame or a duck. Keep up the good work!

  5. Christian F.


  6. Jennifer

    I can tell you love what you do. Your passion and vision have been a blessing to Provo. Thank you!

  7. Aaron Skabelund

    Here’s to three!

    And even bigger and better and more epic things to come.

  8. Reuben

    Best Mayor ever.

  9. Amber Eliason

    I sincerely hope you run again, John! The momentum this city has is because of you and the people you have appointed. I think we need at least one more term from you before handing the reigns to someone else.

  10. Sariah

    I hope you decide to run again too! I didn’t even care about Provo until you stepped in. Curtis fo’ lyfe!

  11. Landon

    Really hope you run again, you’ve been a great mayor for Provo.

  12. Denalee

    You are doing a great job!

  13. michael tuvell

    i respect a person who knows that they make mistakes…and learns from them…we all make mistakes. don’t always see eye to eye with you but i believe you do do your best and over all i would vote for you again…who knows in 2 more years though..hahaha…a west Provo resident…

  14. Laura

    I hope you run again!! You definitely have my vote

  15. Matt

    Good. I’m just a BYU student and have never voted here, but Provo is a surprisingly nice place to live. From what I’ve seen, I think Provo is in good hands while you’re in office.

  16. Emily W

    I never really cared who the mayor was, but you have done such an amazing job, I care a lot! Please run again.

  17. Austin


  18. Sharon

    Keep going. Provo needs you

  19. Maria

    I have been very impressed with the job you have done as mayor and have no complaints–that’s saying something for someone who has been in office for six years!! I would love it if you would decide to run for another term and know you will give it the same thought you give to all big decisions facing Provo’s future. Just know you have a LOT of people behind you who think you’re doing GREAT!!!

  20. Jared

    Best. Mayor. Ever.

    If you run I’ll do something I never do and campaign for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Alabama

    You are doing an amazing job! Provo still needs you!

  22. Jon to John

    You’re the best thing that’s happened to the Provo Mayor’s office in MANY years. I can feel the new vibrancy all over the city. You have my vote!

  23. Jennifer

    If you’re not going to run for mayor, run for president! It’s not too late to start a campaign for that is it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. John

      Jennifer, I think I’d rather be harpooned to a telephone pole.

  24. Yancee

    If you don’t run for Mayor again, please run for Governor or Congress. You’re a fantastic leader.

    1. John

      Yancee, Thanks for your kindness and for making me smile.

  25. Thais

    You need to run one, two or three more times. The city thanks!

  26. Peter Chan

    John, please run again! We really like you as a mayor.

  27. Marty

    You and your team have done so much good for our great city! Please run for a third term!

  28. Maura

    That’s the kind of Mayor we need, one that loves his job. I, for one, do not want to see you go if that’s what you decide… REALLY, please run again!!!

  29. Sande

    I wish I lived in Provo so you could be my mayor! I was fortunate to work in Provo until I retired, and loved your visits to Amelia Earhart elementary school. I agree with Yancee…Curtis for Governor!

  30. Garth Perfectly Suited

    Remember when you asked if I would vote for you? I asked what are you going to do for downtown Provo!? Thanks John for your love of this great city….it has come a long way and still great things ahead!!!!!

  31. Lisa

    Governor Curtis sounds really good to me!! I’ll campaign all over that!!

  32. Brian

    John, you embody the best of what a leader should be. You have our support for as long as you’re willing to be the face and spirit of Provo.

  33. Dandy

    Best Mayor Ever! Your Leadership has made all the difference

    I hope your neighbors don’t mind the mess in your driveway though, they might have to call the city ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. Branden

    Get out now! Your reputation has benefitted greatly from the Fed’s easy money policy, a reinflation of the real estate bubble and an all time high equity boom. You don’t want to be there when it all falls apart.

    Then again, crisis in leviathan!

  35. Julie

    Please run!

  36. Joe

    Please, please, please stay.

  37. glenn mcgettigan

    Please consider running again…very please with what you’re doing!!

  38. Jessic

    Just wanted to throw my two cents in and say that I think you do a great job and I’ll vote for you for as long as you’re willing to run!

  39. Wafflecheese

    Does anyone else see Provo residents out with torches and pitchforks? Even digitally in the comments?

    Nor do I.

    I swear if you don’t run I’m moving to the Moon. I moved here from Provo to Orem, but then quickly moved back to Provo after seeing all the awesome stuff you’re doing.

    Do everyone a favor and just announce your candidacy now.

    1. John

      May I come to the moon with you?

      1. Wafflecheese

        I hope not!

  40. Janette Hales Beckham

    It has been said by me that you are the “best mayor in the country.”
    I so appreciate your energy and openness, but especially your tremendous leadership abilities. You have vision for the future and a global perspective.What more could I say than – THANK YOU!

  41. Trilby Cope

    The Bill and Trilby Cope family are grateful for our Mayor Curtis. Your leadership and your passion for Provo is what continues to make good things happen in this city we love.

  42. I wish other cities had a Mayor like you! You’ve really helped to make Provo a city and a brand people and businesses want to be part of. I hope you run again!

  43. Lynne Davidson

    People all over the country rooting for you

  44. Mark And Julie Magleby

    Keep the signs. We’ll be thrilled if you run.

  45. Jena

    Please run. You are doing a fantastic job!

  46. Randy Burrell

    If you do run again I will need two signs. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am on a corner lot.
    I wish you the best of a clear mind of a conscious decision. I would welcome you to a 3rd term. You have been involved in so much of the progress of Provo city, and you would be an asset to Provo’s future growth.

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