John Geelan

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John Geelan
Arkansas House District 54
Political party Republican
Profession Business owner
Website Campaign site
John Geelan was the Republican candidate in the 2011 special election for District 54 of the Arkansas House of Representatives. The special election took place on July 12, 2011. Geelan was running to fill the vacancy created after incumbent Fred Smith (D) was convicted of theft. Smith resigned, but has promised to appeal the decision.[1]

Geelan is the founder and owner a Great Games, a video games store in West Memphis. In addition to his business, he also worked with several large companies directing risk management and loss prevention. Geelan has also worked as a Sheriff's Deputy, police investigator, polygraph examiner, and Governor's bodyguard. Geelan is a member of the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of the Cross Roads Coalition. He resides in Marion with his wife. They have five children and six grandchildren.

Campaign themes


Geelan's campaign site emphasizes several policy positions and campaign themes:

  • Jobs for Crittenden County: "My plan would be to form a county wide coalition for economic development to include all cities in the county and county government to develop a comprehensive county wide plan to recruit businesses to our district... I would work with the State Economic Development team to help get funding and tax breaks for your current businesses to expand."
  • Education: "An educated work force is the key to our districts growth. I believe in MSCC and its programs. But we must also focus on our preschool kids. Studies show that if a child is not reading at grade level by the 3th grade they are always behind. My plan would be to seek reading programs for our preschool child to ensure they enter school reading at the required level. We want all our children to be a success."
  • Fiscal Responsibility: "We must live and budget within our means. We have to do that, why shouldn’t our government have to do that? I’m for NO NEW TAXES. We are taxed to death as individuals and business owners. We need to balance the budgets with the revenue we have."
  • Welfare reform: "The Clinton administration with the 1996 Welfare Reform Act gave states the authority to require drug testing as a prerequisite for receiving state welfare assistance...The time has come for us to use it. This is a small step in bringing fiscal responsibility to the General Assembly. We must stop the endless cycle of drugs, poverty and the stereotypical association with public assistance."
  • The Sanctity of Life: "Federal law's have been established that legalize the abominable and immoral practice of human fetal abortion. This is the law of the land and while I may not approve of this legalization of what in the eye's of God amounts to nothing more than murder, I respect the law. As a legislator, I will, with every legal remedy at my disposal NEVER allow state funds to be used to fund or promote or be contributed (directly, through grant or tax mechanism) to any organization that supports or provides for the practice of fetal murder."



See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Geelan was defeated Hudson Hallum (D) in the special election on July 12, 2011. D'James Rogers (I) also ran for the seat.[2]



John Geelan Campaign

1701 N. Missouri Street

West Memphis, AR 72301

Email: To email the campaign, use the form located here.

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