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Joe Kallas

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Joe Kallas
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Candidate for
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 41
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Place of birthGreen Lake, Wisconsin
Campaign website
Joe Kallas was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 41 of the Wisconsin State Assembly.[1]

Kallas was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of Wisconsin. He lost to incumbent Tom Petri in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]


Campaign themes


Kallas' campaign website highlighted the following issues:[3]

Local Control

  • Excerpt: "We should stop taking away the power of self-determination from local citizens and giving it to the state authorities, including the DNR. I am opposed to the Penoke Hills iron ore mine in Northern Wisconsin."

State Budget

  • Excerpt: " By making teachers and public workers the reason why the state was “broke”, the Governor created a “scapegoat” that he could use to cover his own missteps. This “divide and conquer” strategy got him elected, but did NOTHING to improve the economy or financial condition of the state."


  • Excerpt: "Right around 80% of those in prison committed their crime under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Substance abuse is a huge problem."
  • Excerpt: "More needs to be done to treat substance abuse instead of warehousing those who have a problem."

Jobs and Economic Development

  • Excerpt: " Farming and tourism are the leaders in job expansion. We are fighting to keep the manufacturing that we have. I will work very hard to expand that base in the 41st and develop “living” wage jobs. I do support an increase in the minimum wage."

Our Natural Resources

  • Excerpt: " I think it was a mistake for this administration to hire a hunting “czar” from Texas to “school” Wisconsin hunters and put thousands of acres of public land up for sale. Once these public hunting acres are sold, hunters will have to pay a fee to hunt on what used to be public hunting land. I believe this is very short sighted and wrong."



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for all 99 seats in the Wisconsin State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 12, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Joe Kallas was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Joan Ballweg was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kallas and Ballweg faced off in the general election.[1][4] Incumbent Ballweg defeated Kallas in the general election, and was re-elected for another term.[5]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 41 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoan Ballweg Incumbent 61% 13,152
     Democratic Joe Kallas 39% 8,409
Total Votes 21,561


See also: Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Kallas ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Wisconsin's 6th District. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[6]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Joe Kallas 37.8% 135,921
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Petri Incumbent 62.1% 223,460
     Miscellaneous N/A 0.1% 364
Total Votes 359,745
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Kallas' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Kallas lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Kallas' campaign committee raised a total of $7,408 and spent $7,408.[7]

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