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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Who do you plan to vote for in Provo's mayoral election and the House special election (primaries and general)? How did you come to that decision?

-get involved locally!


Dear got it,

Oh man. I should probably vote in Provo's mayoral election and the House special election. 

-a writer


Dear you,

I can't vote, but I'd probably vote for Curtis in the House primary. I'd be happy if either Curtis or the Democrat nominee, Dr. Kathie Allen, won the general. Allen because she's a Democrat and I'm a Democrat; Curtis because he's done a great job as Provo mayor and I feel like we need more moderates on both sides of the aisle to fix our toxic political system.

I haven't looked deeply into the Provo mayor candidates, but I'm a big fan of Tinesha Zandamela, who is running for the District 5 council seat. Hunter Phillips is also a good choice for a city-wide council candidate. This is partly based on personal knowledge of the candidates, partly from reading over their platforms, and partly from recommendations from people who have been involved in local politics for a while and who I trust.



Dear spasibo,

I think Hunter Philips for city-wide council candidate would be a great choice. I can personally vouch for his character (he is always willing to listen) and his policies are well-defined and achievable.

I also like John Curtis and his platform. Mayor Curtis has always been accessible to the publlic and supremely reachable, and I appreciate that.

Alas, I have moved from Provo relatively recently and so must seek instead to support my candidates from afar.


--Ardilla Feroz


Dear That's Probably a Good Idea,

I really get the first writer who responded. I, uh, wasn't even really aware of the mayoral elections. 

I think this all boils down to my skepticism of the bureaucracy, and conviction that my vote really doesn't make a difference. I take the jaded view that despite living in Provo, I have about as much power in Provo politics as Ardilla; i.e. the ability to vote doesn't significantly alter any political effect I can have.


posted on 06/21/2017 9:37 p.m.
Hey, I didn't see the last writer's answer before it posted, but I just wanted to emphasize that your vote ABSOLUTELY makes a difference at the local level. There's wayyyyyyy fewer people who vote, and often a dozen or so turning up can swing the election. So if you have a candidate you like, and you recruit a couple friends to also vote for them, boom! You just made a difference! When this is added to the fact that local laws and ordinances often have the most impact on your day-to-day life, and that supporting candidates you like at the local level is an effective long-term investment in having state and nationwide reps you like a decade or so down the road (just look at John Curtis!), the benefits of getting involved in local politics absolutely make your vote worth it! -Zedability, who can't vote