|Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly District 51
Simonson earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh in 1961. He earned graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1965 and 1973.
Simonson was an instructor at Platteville from 1966-2004. He established the Center for Applied Public Policy in 2002 and has been a policy analyst for the World Bank, Urban Institute and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Association of Realtors. 
- See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010
Simonson ran in the 2010 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 51. Simonson was defeated by Republican Howard Marklein in the general election on November 2, 2010. Simonson was unopposed in the Democratic primary election on September 14, 2010.
|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 51 General Election (2010)|
|Howard Marklein (R)||10,822|
|John Simonson (D)||9,931|
|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 51 Democratic primary (2010)|
|John Simonson (D)||2,129||99.86%|
Simonson lists the following priority values and issues on his website:
- Provide incentives to develop clean energy.
- Reform K-12 funding to save our schools
- Bring fairness to tax system
- Reduce property tax burden
- Support creation of good-paying jobs
- Promote a government we can trust and count on
- Biography on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign website
- List of candidates certified for the November 2, 2010 general election in Wisconsin
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