The importance of engagement

In my last post, I shared a few things that I feel separate me from some of the other candidates. It was mostly about my experience — both as mayor and owner of a successful business.

Another point I feel differentiates me is how I’ve been able to engage so many people in their government.

When I began as mayor eight years ago, I started a blog that was getting 20-40 views a day (most of those were probably my wife). Millions of views later, it’s one of the most effective tools I’ve used to share information on topics important to Provo residents. In that time I’ve engaged in other platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Periscope, all in an effort to be open and transparent with the public.

In 2015 I was named the nation’s top elected official on social media. Finding new ways to share information and engage our public is a passion of mine.

I’m committed to do similar things if elected to Congress.

Here are two examples of some of the fun things we've done to engage the public in city happenings.

This first video is the annual State of the City Address. Each February I get to show off and brag about the previous year and set a course for what to expect next. At the time, this video got more views than any other I’d done.

This second video is a response to the requests I receive to visit schools around Provo. The students always ask me to explain what I do as mayor. I found the kids weren’t paying as close attention as I’d like, so I came up with another way to communicate. Take a look and let me know what you think.

As always, I'd love to hear from you. If you aren't already, follow along with the campaign on Facebook and Twitter. And don't hesitate to contact us with your questions and ideas.

— John

John Curtis