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|Michigan House of Representatives District 109|
|Mayor of Marquette|
Kivela's website highlights the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt:"What happens when we educate the next generations but our local businesses and industries don’t have jobs for them? We need to focus on developing our infrastructure so that we can ensure our youth have jobs that keep them here to raise their families."
- Excerpt:" We need to have an infrastructure that can handle the additional needs of new and expanding businesses. The Upper Peninsula electrical grid is running very close to its production capacity."
International Port Strategy
- Excerpt:" To make Upper Peninsula business more globally competitive John Kivela has worked with the Department of Homeland Security and the Michigan Governors office to extend Marquette’s International Port Status from the harbor to KI Sawyer Airport."
Kivela won election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 109. He defeated Tony Retaskie in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated Jack Hubbard (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. 
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 109, General Election, 2012|
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 109 Democratic Primary, 2012|
Kivela seeks to upgrade the 109th district's electrical infrastructure, upgrading international ports, and improving education.
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