Re-elect Dave Sewell

Provo has momentum. We were recently ranked by Wallet Hub as the second best-run city in America. Many who grew up here or went to school here want to stay and many more want to move here. We have challenges related to growth and maintaining our quality of life. Our City Council...

Rock Canyon Preservation

The first item on Tuesday’s Work Meeting agenda relates to the preservation of Rock Canyon.  Over a period of decades, citizens, elected officials, and a group called the Rock Canyon Preservation Alliance have worked to preserve Rock Canyon for present and future generations. ...

Running Again

I am announcing that I am running for a second term as one of your city wide representatives on the City Council.  I have worked hard and learned much serving you for over three years.   I hope to put those lessons to good use in serving you even more effectively in a second...

Election 2013 Final Result

Election night ended with the city wide candidates only 65 votes apart, 127 provisional ballots to count, and more than a dozen absentee ballots that ended up trickling in before results were certified on November 19.  Of the provisional ballots, 22 were disqualified.  When the...

Election 2013 Story

Mayor John Curtis was reelected by a huge margin with 86% of the mayoral vote.  That was topped only by Kim Santiago in the District 2 Council race, with 100% of the vote (she was unopposed).  Stephen Hales unseated incumbent Sterling Beck in the District 5 race with 67% of the...

Candidates Debate (Chamber of Commerce)

Following is the opening statement I had prepared for the candidates debate last Wednesday.  You can watch the whole debate here (the Council portion starts at about 32 minutes).  I ended up speaking impromptu and covered only a portion of the prepared statement below.  This...

Provo PACs – Too Much Influence?

You Decide. Political Action Committees serve legitimate constituencies that have a voice that deserves to be heard.  But should their voice, collectively, be more important than other constituencies of similar or larger size?  Many voters have told me they don’t think so. ...

Sustainability Part 2 (Net Zero Cities)

I just took two days off from campaigning to visit the Net Zero Cities conference in Fort Collins, Colorado – at the invitation of Provo’s Sustainability Committee Chairman, Don Jarvis.  Don and I both attended the event, along with Dustin Wright from Community Development.  The...

STEM Education Success Story – Parental Involvement

Earlier this year, Timpview High School cancelled its design classes – including a Computer Aided Design (CAD) class that my youngest son had taken.  He learned so much in the class that he now works after school a few days a week helping the engineers at my company with CAD...

Sustainability Part 1 (Utah Valley Earth Forum)

Following is the speech I intended to give at the Utah Valley Earth Forum’s “Meet the Candidates” night tonight.  The setting seemed to call for more informal remarks, so I ended up speaking impromptu about a couple of the key points....