Is John Curtis a Republican or Democrat?
Yes, John Curtis is registered as a Republican. He will also likely run as a Republican for the 3rd Congressional District seat (currently held by Jason Chaffetz). He also did not vote for Donald Trump.
He was previously registered as a Democrat, but eventually changed his party. During his time as a Democrat, he described himself as a “conservative Democrat”:
“Like Ronald Reagan and Jason Chaffetz, I was a conservative Democrat.” Curtis added, “In 2006, after being encouraged by my Republican friends and leaders, I switched back and re-registered as a Republican. Since that time I served as a member of the Elephant Club, been elected as a delegate in my precinct, and donated to Republican campaigns.” (source)
John Curtis is definitely down the middle when it comes to politics. He’s not a strong conservative but also wouldn’t be considered liberal. Local politics (such as Mayor of Provo) is more of a popularity contest than it is actual politics. His approval ratings are through the rood because he’s really good at pleasing the people, even if it means inflating taxes and budgets behind the scenes. As Mayor you also do not run on a party platform. With him (potentially) being in the national spotlight with this new seat, for the first time John Curtis’s true politics will be forced to become public.