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Mitt Romney Endorses Curtis In 3rd District Race

Julia Ritchey / KUER
Republican John Curtis at his campaign launch on May 26.

Congressional candidate John Curtis picked up a major endorsement on Wednesday from Republican Mitt Romney for the 3rd District special election.

Romney said in a statement that Curtis has throughout his career as a businessman and mayor of Provo solved problems.


"That's what Washington, D.C., needs now more than ever," he wrote. "John's can-do attitude will serve Utah well."

Curtis won the GOP primary over the summer in the race to replace former Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who resigned at the end of June.

During the primary, Romney’s wife, Ann, had endorsed a different Republican candidate, Stewart Peay, who is married to her niece.

A total of eight candidates are running to fill the seat, including Democrat Kathie Allen and United Utah Party candidate Jim Bennett. Curtis will join Allen and Bennett on stage at the Utah Debate Commission’s upcoming televised debate at Brigham Young University on Oct. 18.


Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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