On the trail

April 08, 2017


Nov 02, 2017

After reviewing The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, I would be proud to support it. I recognize that this bill is a starting point, and I know that there is a lot of work left to be done to ensure that this legislation best serves the needs of hardworking Utah families. I'm thrilled that this bill would let Utahns keep more of their own money with a significant, long-overdue, tax cut for middle-class families. This bill simplifies the tax code so Utahns can prepare their taxes on a postcard. This bill gives tax relief to our job creators, both small and large, so they can create good-paying jobs and raise wages. If given the honor of representing Utah's 3rd District in Congress, tax relief would be a major step towards getting things done.


Oct 31, 2017

PROVO, UT – John Curtis, Republican candidate in the 3rd Congressional District special election race, today released a list of district state senators and representatives that support his campaign. The list of 24 names shows the level of local involvement that John Curtis has consistently received since announcing his candidacy last May.

“I am honored to have the support of these Utah politicians who I work with and respect,” Curtis said. “This adds an extra boost of motivation as we continue to work hard to earn every vote in the 3rd Congressional District.”

Curtis’ campaign has received high levels of support from local government, business, and thought leaders. This includes endorsements from 23 mayors, 25 local business leaders, the Salt Lake Tribune and Daily Herald, Mitt Romney, and Utah Governor Gary Herbert.

The complete list of representatives and state senators is as follows:


Steve Eliason (R-45)
Keven Stratton(R-48)
Greg Hughes (R-51)
Tim Quinn (R-54)
Kay Christofferson (R-56)
Val Peterson (R-59)
Keith Grover (R-61)
Norm Thurston (R-64)
Dean Sanpei (R-63)
Francis Gibson (R-65)
Mike McKell (R-66)
Christine Watkins (R-69)
Carl Albrecht (R-70)
Mike Noel (R-73)
Lavar Christensen (R-32)
Michael Kennedy (R-27)


David Hinkins (R-27)
Ralph Okerlund (R-24)
Kevin Van Tassell (R-26)
Howard Stephenson (R-11)
Deidre Henderson (R-7)
Brian Shiozawa (R-8)
Curt Bramble (R-16)
Dan Hemmert (R-14)

With Momentum Growing, Curtis Leads In Third Quarter Fundraising

Oct 16, 2017

With Momentum Growing, Curtis Leads In Third Quarter Fundraising

Raises over $300K in Q3

PROVO, UTAH – 2017 Republican Nominee for Congress, John Curtis, coming off of a commanding debate performance Friday, the endorsement of Governor Mitt Romney and an endorsement by the Salt Lake Tribune editorial board, leads the race in fundraising for the third quarter.

 “I’m proud of all the support we are receiving from across the district,” said John Curtis.

“John out-raised his Democrat opponent nearly 3-1 because voters, donors, and supporters know he’s the candidate ready to take Utah values to Washington, D.C. and get things done.” said Danny Laub, spokesman.


A breakdown of the numbers helps underscore Curtis' strengths in the race: 

Source: FEC.gov

Curtis Campaign Statement on Offensive Tweet by Democrat Kathie Allen

Oct 12, 2017

“Democrat Kathie Allen Insinuating that John Curtis is a white supremacist is a ridiculous charge and a new level of desperation for her struggling campaign. Just because her far-left ideas have failed to catch on here in Utah, it doesn’t give her the right to call Republicans Nazis. She should apologize for the tweet and take it down.” - Danny Laub, Spokesman

For reference: https://twitter.com/kathieallenmd/status/918210762987921408

Mitt Romney endorses John Curtis in 3rd Congressional District race

Oct 10, 2017

PROVO — Provo Mayor John Curtis was endorsed Wednesday by fellow Republican Mitt Romney in next month's special election to fill the vacant 3rd Congressional District seat.

"Throughout his career as a businessman and a mayor, John has solved tough problems," Romney said in a statement. "That's what Washington, D.C., needs now more than ever. John's can-do attitude will serve Utah well."

Curtis, who won the August GOP primary in the race to replace former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, was called "a leader who will get things done for Utah” by Romney, the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee.

There are eight candidates vying to fill the remaining year of Chaffetz's term, including Democrat Kathie Allen, a Cottonwood Heights physician who had raised nearly $729,000 by midyear, according to her most recent federal campaign disclosure.

Curtis and Allen will be joined by the new United Utah Party's candidate, Jim Bennett, in the Utah Debate Commission's hourlong televised debate on Oct. 18 in the KBYU studios after Bennett met the polling threshold for participating.

Another debate, presented by the ABU Education Fund and the John R. Park Debate Society, is set for Oct. 13 in the Eastmont Middle School auditorium in Sandy and will include Libertarian Joe Buchman along with Curtis, Allen and Bennett.

Chaffetz, now a Fox News contributor, resigned June 30.

Curtis faced two Republican opponents in the hotly contested primary, former state lawmaker and GOP delegate pick Chris Herrod and Alpine businessman Tanner Ainge.

The district, which includes parts of Utah and Salt Lake counties, as well as Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan and Wasatch counties, is among the most Republican in the country.

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Curtis Statement on 'Bump Stocks'

Oct 06, 2017

"I have spent much of my adult life instructing people how to safely carry and use guns. I'm concerned about any gun modifications that turn a legal semi-automatic weapon into a de-facto illegal automatic weapon. I think it deserves a hearing in Congress to answer questions and find out how the technology works and whether legislation, or working with gun manufacturers, is the best way to move forward." - John Curtis


Oct 04, 2017

"I am proud to endorse John Curtis, a leader who will get things done for Utah.” 

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Small Business Endorses Curtis for Congress

Oct 02, 2017

Contact: Candace Daly, Utah State Director, candace.daly@nfib.org
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, anthony.malandra@nfib.org

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Oct. 2, 2017—The federal political action committee for the nation’s largest and leading small-business association (NFIB Fed PAC) today announced its endorsement of Provo Mayor John Curtis for the open Congressional seat made by the resignation of former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

NFIB’s National Political Director Sharon Sussin noted Curtis’ proven track record of looking out for the interests of small business. Sussin said, “John Curtis knows the struggles small-business owners face on a day-to-day basis. Further, he has demonstrated during his tenure as the mayor of Provo what government can do to help make small businesses successful.

With 325,000 members nationwide, including more than 3,700 in Utah and 721 in the Third Congressional District, the National Federation of Independent Business is America’s premier small-business association. The NFIB Fed PAC made its endorsement of Curtis after conducting a thorough review of the race, which included a candidate interview, examination Curtis’ responses to its candidate questionnaire, and response to a member survey in the district.

Curtis’ opponent, Kathryn Allen, did not return the questionnaire and did not garner significant support in the survey

“John Curtis is a lifelong Utah resident who has built his career as a small-business owner,” said Candace Daly, NFIB’s Utah state director. “He believes in rolling back regulations, reforming health care, and lowering taxes for small businesses. He brought this entrepreneurial mindset to the mayor’s office and I know he will bring this same solution-based, economic-focused mentality to the halls of Congress; he is a great choice.”


The National Federation of Independent Business is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.

National Federation of Independent Business/Utah
1296 West 475 South
Farmington, Utah 84025
Twitter: @NFIB_UT

View the NFIB's endorsement here.

3 Questions with Bob Evans: John Curtis on Utah politics, medical marijuana

Oct 01, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY -- He has been the mayor of Provo for the past seven years, and over that time he has enjoyed an average 94 percent approval rating.

But even before Jason Chaffetz announced he was leaving Congress, John Curtis had determined he would not seek re-election to the mayor's office.

And once Curtis determined he would seek the Third District congressional seat, he avoided the Republican caucus and convention system and won a spot on the primary ballot by collecting signatures.

Curtis beat his primary opponents and will now face Doctor Kathie Allen, a Democrat, in November. He recently sat down for 3 Questions with Bob Evans:

  1. Is the Republican Party"old guard" in Utah in touch with the majority of Republicans in this state?
  2. Where do you stand on the issue of medical marijuana?
  3. If you are elected to Congress, what will be your priorities?

Watch John's full interview here.

Mayor John Curtis hears student concerns at Sodalicious meet and greet

Sep 20, 2017

College students and campaign posters filled Sodalicious on Sept. 19 as Provo Mayor John Curtis discussed voter concerns at the first of many meet and greets on his RV Tour.

Curtis won the Republican Party nomination for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District seat on Aug. 15 to fill the vacancy left by former Congressman Jason Chaffetz.

The Utah 3rd District is a highly diverse area, covering Salt Lake City and Provo. If Curtis wins the congressional seat in November’s election, he said he hopes to highlight each of these areas during his time in congress by meeting each of their unique needs.

Curtis said this district-wide RV tour is a means to connect with each of the areas in the district.

“There’s not a single group or demographic that I don’t admire, respect and want to serve. And I feel like my background uniquely qualifies me for all of them,” Curtis said.

While at Sodalicious, Curtis met with local college students to further understand their unique perspective and encourage their involvement.

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