Dennis Shackelford

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Dennis Ross Shackelford
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Candidate for
Illinois House of Representatives District 96
High schoolRochester High School (1977)
Associate'sSpringfield College in Illinois (1979)
Bachelor'sSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville (1981)
Master'sSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville (1983)
Date of birthNovember 4
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
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Dennis Ross Shackelford was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 96 of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Shackelford earned his AA from Springfield College in Illinois in 1977. He went on to receive both his B.A. and M.A. in Communications from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, in 1981 and 1983, respectively. Shackelford has worked in a variety of positions and is currently the owner of Judy's Hallmark Shops.


Campaign themes


Shackelford's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Reforming State Government
Excerpt: "Illinois is one of, if not the, most corrupt states in the U.S. We need to bring more transparency to Springfield. That begins with more transparent campaign finance reform. Every Illinoisan should know who is sending money to a given candidate and why."
  • Making Illinois a job friendly state again
Excerpt: "Illinois is ranked 49th out of the 50 states in job growth due to the actions of the General Assembly over the past decade. It is time to take a comprehensive approach, which includes government, business, and labor, to work together to make the 96th District as well as Illinois as a whole a better environment for job creation."
  • Bringing the budget back to basics
Excerpt: "Unfortunately, the General Assembly’s budget plan only lasts from session to session. That has to change. I am sure you have had to balance your budget for your families as well. I would take those basics of a budget mindset to Springfield. We must cut the excessive wasteful spending out of state government."
  • Gun Rights
Excerpt: "I support concealed carry legislation. Illinois is the only state in the U.S. that does not have some sort of a concealed carry permit; that needs to change."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Dennis will fight for our teachers and local school districts. If we want Illinois to become more prosperous, all children need to receive a quality education."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Shackelford ran for election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 96. Shackelford defeated Jared Perry in the March 20 Republican primary and was defeated by Sue Scherer (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 96, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSue Scherer Incumbent 62.1% 25,096
     Republican Dennis Shackelford 37.9% 15,334
Total Votes 40,430
Illinois House of Representatives, District 96 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Ross Shackelford 62.9% 3,164
Jared Perry 37.1% 1,867
Total Votes 5,031

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