PROVO, Utah, Oct. 4, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has endorsed Provo Mayor John Curtis in the race to fill the 3rd Congressional District seat recently vacated by Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz.
“I am proud to endorse John Curtis, a leader who will get things done for Utah,” Romney said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “Throughout his career as a businessman and a mayor, John has solved tough problems. That’s what Washington, DC, needs now more than ever. John’s can-do attitude will serve Utah well.”
Curtis responded to Romney’s endorsement in a Facebook post, saying: “As a leader and a businessman, Governor Romney understands Utah values and knows how to get results. I’m honored to have his support.”
In the Nov. 7 election, Curtis will face Democrat Kathie Allen, who is a physician, and Jim Bennett, the son of former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett, who is running with the new United Utah party.
Chaffetz announced in May he would end his Congressional term early, on June 30.
He announced the news in a letter that called his opportunity to serve “a rare honor and privilege,” and said he and his wife agreed that it’s time to move to another chapter of his life.
Curtis, Allen and Bennett will take part in the Utah Debate Commission’s debate at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 in the KBYU Studios, to be televised on Channel 11.