John Calhoun

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John Calhoun
Candidate for
Iowa State Senate District 35

Political party Democratic
Profession Small Business Owner
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John Calhoun was a Democratic candidate in the 2011 special election for District 35 of the Iowa State Senate. The special election took place on January 18, 2011.


Calhoun's professional experience includes working as a small business owner.


Campaign themes


In an open letter (timed out) on his campaign site, Calhoun emphasized several key policy positions and campaign themes:

John Calhoun's Acceptance Speach
  • Preserving Needed Programs: "There are a few areas where the only acceptable reduction is zero, namely, public safety (fire, EMS, police, troopers, child abuse prevention, etc.) and K-12 education. I will hold firm in my resolve to do whatever I can through my vote and my common-sense approach to problem-solving to ensure these and other essential services are not cut. "
  • Solving the Deficit Through Growth: "The bottom-line is that while there are some areas where reductions in spending will be necessary, there are simply not enough acceptable reductions to balance our budget. That is why we must also increase revenue through proven tactics and job creation. Job creation is my number one priority."
  • Support Small Business: "Where would most our communities be without TIF districts, tax-abatement and tax-incentives for small businesses? I agree with Governor Brandstad – small business is the economic engine that drives our economy and we must do whatever we can through responsible legislation to ensure small and medium size businesses have the opportunity to be successful."
  • Education: "Among the most egregious eliminations proposed is the elimination of pre-school for every Iowa family. I am open to adjustment and reason, but I cannot support total elimination of this effort when the evidence of years of research tells us that every dollar spent on pre-school returns itself 7:1 meaning every dollar we invest in pre-school brings us a savings of $7 or more as these students come up through our education system, avoid our court system, and become the backbone of our future economic success as quality employees, business owners, and entrepreneurs...I have a complete vision for our education system that includes working with local boards, administrators, and most importantly, teachers, to understand what works and make sure our educators have the tools to reach every student. I support on-time funding for our schools and our shared goal, regardless of party affiliation, to make sure Iowa’s teachers and students have the opportunity to do their respective jobs successfully."



See also: State legislative special elections, 2011; Iowa state legislative special elections, 2011

Calhoun was defeated by Jack Whitver (R) in the special election for Senate District 35.[1]


Calhoun and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children. He has served as the director of the Polk City Economic Development Corporation and the Polk City Community Foundation, and as a member of the Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Learns Council and the State Empowerment Board (Early Childhood).

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