I’m Janelle Calhoun, and I’m running to represent Lino Lakes, Circle Pines, Centerville, North Oaks and White Bear Township in the Minnesota House of Representatives. I’m the former executive director of a cancer research non-profit, an advocate for protecting our natural resources, and a supporter of high quality education. I believe in using common sense for the common good.

I was born and raised in Roseville, where both of my parents worked as hospital pharmacists, and I graduated from Roseville Area High School and obtained a degree in Conflict Resolution Through Mediation at St. Olaf.

My professional career has taken me through multiple industries, but always with the common thread of serving others. I trained flight attendants to ensure safe and comfortable flights for travelers. Then I followed my parents’ footsteps into the healthcare industry, working for a pharmaceuticals company specializing in mental health and neurology drugs to improve the lives of patients. Later, as a licensed investment advisor at Thrivent Financial, I taught financial literacy, earning the Sweet Success Award for outstanding service by the YWCA.

But I found my true passion through grief.

Twenty-five years ago, one of my best friends was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and started a foundation to raise awareness and fund research into it. I later became the executive director of the foundation, growing its size and impact every year, even through the pandemic.

My husband and I (and our two dogs) have called Lino Lakes home for the past seven years. We enjoy outdoor activities, including rock climbing, and chose Lino Lakes for its abundant natural beauty.

I am an environmentalist who supports clean energy initiatives and the protection of natural resources, especially clean water. I’m a fervent supporter of women’s reproductive rights and LGBTQ+ rights, believing in equality for all citizens. And I believe in providing a high-quality education to all students. With your support, I will bring my enthusiasm and dedication to the House of Representatives.