Meet Janelle Calhoun

Janelle Calhoun is a passionate community leader and advocate living in Lino Lakes. Raised in the northern suburbs, Janelle’s strong ties to the area and commitment to public service were nurtured from an early age.

A proud graduate of Roseville Area High School and Saint Olaf College, Janelle’s academic background set the stage for a diverse and impactful career. Her parents, both pharmacists and community leaders, greatly influenced her path. Her mother broke barriers as the first female President of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association, and her father served as a union shop steward at Regions Hospital pharmacy.

Janelle began her career as a flight attendant with Mesaba Aviation, later transitioning into flight attendant training. She then worked in the pharmaceutical industry, specializing in mental health science and neurology. At Thrivent Financial, Janelle excelled as a licensed investment advisor and taught financial literacy, earning the Sweet Success Award from the YWCA for outstanding service.

For six years, Janelle was Executive Director at Rein in Sarcoma, where she led management, advocacy, and fundraising efforts. In her personal time, Janelle and her husband enjoy outdoor activities and rock climbing.

Why is Janelle Running?

Janelle Calhoun is driven by a deep-seated passion for helping people. Her career and volunteer efforts have consistently focused on advocacy, education, and customer service. Influenced by her parents’ careers and health challenges, she has become a strong advocate for patients and led a cancer non-profit to support cancer research and education. She understands the critical importance of health care access and affordability for families.

As an environmentalist, Janelle supports clean energy initiatives and the protection of natural resources, focusing on water quality in our communities. She is a fervent supporter of women’s reproductive rights and LGBTQ+ rights, believing in equality for all citizens. Education is at the forefront of Janelle’s platform, and she is committed to securing funding for schools and providing robust support for young people, recognizing that education is crucial for our future.

How Will Janelle Win This Race?

Janelle has received the DFL endorsement and is actively engaging with neighborhood groups and neighbors every day. House District 36A has been identified as a key battleground for the DFL, with a recent Star Tribune article highlighting its importance. The 2022 election results demonstrated just how competitive this district is, with a narrow 600-vote margin between the Republican and Democratic candidates. The DFL’s recent success in flipping the Senate seat in district 36 further underscores the potential for victory.

Janelle Calhoun is poised to bring her dedication, experience, and passion to the legislature, working tirelessly for the health, education, and equality of all residents in House District 36A.

Common Sense. Common Good.