My pledge to you

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I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting with so many of you since I announced my campaign for Mayor. We have had some great dialogue, and that dialogue will continue if I am elected Mayor.

My pledge to you:

  1. Within the first 120 days of my term we will have a listening tour with each neighborhood. Every neighborhood is unique. This will be a chance for you to interact with the departments in the city and work together for solutions.
  2. I will convene a budget review committee to make recommendations for savings and to improve efficiencies. I want this committee to make a recommendation to the City Council within 90 days of my election. We can make strategic decisions together to improve Provo.
  3. I will be an advocate for the taxpayer. I have a proven track record of this. On the School Board I was for keeping the bond for the schools as low as possible and worked with the other members to keep it low. I will hold the line on spending and taxes.
  4.  I will fight to preserve our unique neighborhoods and protecting agricultural lands. I will use balance and wisdom in my decision making, on this and every other issue facing Provo.

As your Mayor I will strive for excellence in all we do. Excellence in police and fire protection, excellence in city services, and excellence in the city government’s relationship with YOU – the taxpayer.

Please learn more about me by visiting my website – . You might have read things about me that accuse me of all manner of things – read my response here – Learn for yourself about me and my platform, directly from me.

It has been an honor and a privilege to run for Mayor. I am proud of the campaign we have run on the issues and focusing on my platform.

If you haven’t had a chance to meet me, there are a few upcoming events:
August 8 – Meet the Candidates Event, 7:00 PM – Provo Library
August 10 – Meet the Candidates Event, 6:00 – Fort Utah Park

Together we will keep Provo Strong. Please vote for me so we can continue this discussion.


24th of July

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I love the 24th of July holiday in Utah, commemorating the entry of the LDS Pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley. My great grandparents came across the plains and later settled in Manti. I’m grateful that they came to Utah, and when I lived in Philadelphia we also looked West and longed to return to Utah, specifically Provo.

The Pioneering Spirit of Utah didn’t end in 1847, it continues today. Provo is full of pioneers. We have become known as a city of start-ups. From the technology industry that has brought on Silicon Slopes, Qualtrics, Vivint, and so many others.

VidAngel was founded in Provo with six employees. We are the home of NuSkin, which has invested so much in our downtown.

While we reflect on the past and companies that have started here, I’m excited for what the future will bring. Our Pioneer Spirit of can-do attitude means that there is no problem we cannot solve together. As Mayor, we will build on our past for a bright future. You can learn more about my campaign at

I wanted to let you know of two events I am holding this week. Come and visit with me about how we can keep Provo Strong.

Wednesday, July 26 – 6:30 pm Ice Cream in the Park
Bicentennial Park, 1600 E 1440 S – we will be in one of the pavilions.
Thursday, July 27 – 6:30 pm Let’s talk about Provo
Enlighten Bakery, 43 E Center Street – come and have dessert (on me) and let’s visit about Provo.

Have a happy and safe 24th of July and be careful with those fireworks!


Independence Day

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I love the 4th of July and I love spending it in Provo.

I have fond memories of attending Stadium of Fire, watching the parade, admiring the balloon fest, and watching the Grand Parade.

We live in a wonderful country where we can participate in government. We get to decide our future. These freedoms were put into motion in the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The signers risked everything: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

Have a Happy and safe 4th of July

Campaign Update

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It has been a whirlwind experience since I announced my campaign for Provo mayor. I’m overwhelmed with the calls, emails, and text messages encouraging me to run, and thank you for your generous offers to volunteer with my campaign.

Since announcing I have met with citizens from every neighborhood to learn more about the individual needs in each community. I have met with many business owners to see what they are doing to better our community and what they need from the City to continue to thrive.

I was humbled by the large crowd that showed up to my campaign kickoff at the Provo Rec Center. Thank you for being there! I love this community and all that Provo is. I purposely chose a community gathering place where all would feel welcome to attend.  This race is about our future together.

There’s a very real energy in Provo right now. We need a mayor who can keep the momentum and lead us into a bright future. I believe I am the person to do that. I believe my experience has prepared me for it.

Allow me to share just some of that experience.

Serving on the School Board I have been involved in many decisions that impact everyone in our community. As a School Board, we don’t just discuss classroom curriculum, we manage about $320 million in assets, and an annual budget of over $120 million. (If you want to see the budget you can click here) Over the last 3 years I have played an integral role in overseeing the construction of 4 new elementary schools and the new Provo High. Our school maintenance problem had been kicked down the road for far too long. It took courage and leadership to get things done.
When it comes to our children and our city’s needs, there is nothing more important and I will never back down from a challenge when it comes to them.



Our neighborhoods must be safe places to raise our families. This is one of the primary reasons so many of us choose to live here. For the last 3 years I have served on the Citizens Advisory Board of the Provo Police Department. With my fellow board members, I work with the Police Department to ensure citizen needs are met. We meet monthly with police officers and Mayor Curtis. I am closely watching the new police chief hiring process and look forward to meeting working with our new chief. I am closely watching the new police chief hiring process and look forward to meeting with and working with them.

Working on the Communities that Care Coalition Board has given me experience with groups like the United Way, Utah County Health Department, Provo City and others in raising healthy, successful and considerate youth.

Watch my introductory campaign video here.

You, the citizens of Provo, are the real magic of this place. I’m excited for our future because of people like you. I would be honored if you would give me the chance to lead Provo into an even brighter future.

Follow me on Facebook; Twitter; and Instagram.


I’m proud of the endorsements and support I have. You can visit my website and learn more about my campaign.

(801) 319-4999

Happy New Year

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As I reflect on 2016 I am grateful for so many things.  I hope that you and yours were able to enjoy the holidays and look forward to a great 2017.

My family and I were able to spend Christmas morning serving food to those less fortunate. Our community is one that rallies around those in need.


We were able to get our traditional picture with Santa when my son and his wife surprised me on Christmas Eve.  I had no idea they were coming in to town.


You might have heard about the other news in my life in 2016; I am running for Provo Mayor.  The campaign is about to officially get underway. Visit my website ( to learn more and to sign up as a volunteer.

Here is to a prosperous 2017!