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