Sue introduces John to delegates
This email was sent from Sue Curtis to all 3rd Congressional GOP Delegates on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
My name is Sue Curtis, and my husband John is running for Congress. I hope you have time to get acquainted with him, but I know time is short. If you have a chance, we'd love to meet you in person at one of the meet and greets in the coming weeks.
First, thank you for volunteering to be a delegate. It's an important and time-consuming job to do homework on all the candidates and choose the right one to represent us in Washington, D.C. I’ve done it before and understand the responsibility and time commitment.
So 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 34 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 High School. 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!
While still in college, John started working for the Citizen Watch Co., representing five states. Two years later—the year he graduated—he was named National Salesman of the Year. He left Citizen for a job in Taiwan, which was more of an adventure because he didn't end up getting paid!
We returned to the U.S. and John landed a job with OC Tanner Co. in California and Virginia. After 10 years, we moved back to Utah, where John became an owner/partner in the Action Target Company located in Provo. After growing the company for 10 years—increasing sales 700%—he decided to step down as COO. Three weeks into his “retirement,” he'd had enough down time and decided to run for mayor of Provo. He felt compelled to put his talents and skills to work to make a difference in the city he'd grown to love.
So now you've got a feel for John's resume, let me tell you about what he's really like.
In another life, John would be a professional organizer. From his perfectly color-coded sock bins to his immaculate garage and office, he develops systems that make things run more efficiently.
Before we got married, John had a list of what he wanted in a wife, including “loves to iron.” I thought that was hilarious, because that was never going to be me! He's done most of his own laundry and ironing since we got married, and it works well for both of us. He just knows how to establish order and efficiency—it's something that comes naturally to him and has been essential as he juggles family, work, church and other volunteer responsibilities in his life.
John is blessed with a keen mind and the ability to think clearly and understand situations as they arise. He's a natural listener. People call on him to solve problems that involve the lives of many people, not only in his profession, but at home and in his church service as well. He has this gift that allows him to see the root cause of a problem and find creative, often out-of-the-box ways to bring various entities to the table for a solution.
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 7 years.
He is a people person, happy to talk to anyone and everyone, at almost any time. John derives pleasure from improving his surroundings. He'll polish shoes or fix a door while watching a Jazz game on TV, while the rest of us laze around. Yet he loves to have fun as a family.
We enjoy boating, hiking, playing games and getting out in nature. Utah is not only our home, it's our playground. John would seriously take a campfire and a tent over the nicest hotels in the world.
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.
During the last presidential campaign he wrote an open letter that Glenn Beck read in its entirety on his show and had on his website.
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, hard-working, trustworthy, knowledgeable, common-sense man who is approachable and comes with a unique skill set that could actually make a difference in Washington.
Our family is behind him 100 percent.
I whole-heartedly recommend him to you as a person you would be proud to have represent you in Washington.
I encourage you to do your research and find out for yourself why John has had upwards of a 94% approval rating in Provo with over 80% of the citizens thinking they are getting a great bang for their taxpayer buck.
During this campaign I can only guess you'll hear things which sound odd to you or aren't consistent with what I've shared in this letter. I'd ask you to come to either me or John directly and simply ask. My email address is email@example.com and John's is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks again for your diligence. I look forward to visiting with you in the coming weeks and months.