SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) - In an otherwise unpredictable election night, former Provo Mayor John Curtis handily took the congressional seat once occupied by Jason Chaffetz. Now, he prepares to head to Washington, where he will sworn in as early as Monday.
Curtis spoke to constituents at the University of Utah's Kem Gardner Policy Institute Wednesday morning, hours after his victory. There, he addressed key issues he wants to tackle when he gets to Washington, including common sense immigration reform and a tax plan that favors not just the rich.
On immigration, Curtis takes a much more moderate stance than Pres. Trump.
"I think this is a time for Congress to step up and do their job," said Curtis, "And to provide a comprehensive answer to immigration."
Curtis told constituents he hopes to support an immigration plan that allows qualified individuals easier access to enter the U.S., keeping DREAMers here in Utah, securing the border without Trump's controversial "wall," and deporting immigrants who commit serious crimes.
He also said he supports an immigration plan that does not break up families.
Curtis also talked about the need to boost Utah's rural economies. He said the first bill he will sponsor is a Public Lands Initiative for Emery County. Historically, such bills have been met with controversy.
Curtis also said he hopes Congress will step up and provide the necessary checks and balances, citing the naming of Bears Ears as a national monument. Curtis takes the view that Pres. Obama shouldn't have had the power to make that designation, nor should Pres. Trump have the power to shrink the monument without Congress's approval.
Curtis told supporters Tuesday night he will work for everyone in Utah, no matter if they were "...gay or straight, Mormon or atheist, rich or poor, Navajo or Caucasian."
Utah's 3rd Congressional District has been under Republican control for the past 20 years.
Curtis will be sworn in Monday, Nov. 13.
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