Cavaletto Announces Run for Re-Election


Published on October 15 2013 8:24 am
Last Updated on October 15 2013 8:24 am
Written by Greg Sapp

State Representative John Cavaletto (R – Salem) announced Sunday he will seek re-election as 107th District State Representative.

Cavaletto is a Salem native and most recently won election to his current position as 107th District State Representative in the 2012 election. In addition to serving in the Illinois House since 2009, Representative Cavaletto is a retired educator with more than 30 years experience as a teacher, coach, and school administrator. 

During his announcement, Rep. Cavaletto expressed thanks to the voters of the 107th district.

“I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Bond, Effingham, Fayette, and Marion Counties,” Cavaletto said. “I will continue to fight to end Illinois’ tax and spend spiral. It is time to get our fiscal house in order,” Cavaletto said.

Cavaletto also reiterated his desire to stop Governor Quinn’s closure of southern Illinois’ health care and correctional facilities. Cavaletto is fighting Governor Quinn’s attempt to close the Warren G. Murray Center in Centralia, most recently calling the Governor’s plan to cut 600 jobs at the facility "morally irresponsible".

“Cutting waste from a bloated budget is a very important part of the message I want to take to Springfield. However, I will not sign on to any plan that puts our most vulnerable citizens out on the street at the same time that 600 hard working people are put out of a job,” Cavaletto said. “These folks stand up for the most vulnerable among us. I won’t stand by while Governor Quinn continues his assault on southern Illinois jobs and families. I say stop balancing the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens.”

The spring 2013 legislative session also saw the passage of comprehensive concealed-carry legislation. Cavaletto, a co-sponsor of the measure, praised his colleagues for upholding 2nd amendment rights.

“I am proud to have sponsored concealed-carry legislation during this legislative session. Thanks to a strong response from the public, the anti-gun, anti-Constitution lobby can no longer ignore the Constitution, or the will of the people. The unconstitutional gun laws forced on the law abiding citizens of this state by the Chicago gun grabbers are a thing of the past. I will now turn my focus to the successful implementation of the law and will work with law enforcement to end the backlog of FOID applications.”

Cavaletto says his major focus will continue to be on promoting pro-growth economic policies, fighting to repeal the income tax increase, and bringing down unemployment. “The future of our state really hangs in the balance now,” Cavaletto said. “We face record deficits, a huge backlog of unpaid bills, and there seems to be no plan to address these issues. It’s going to take leadership to repeal the income tax increase and give small businesses a chance to compete. We need to do everything we can to grow the private sector and lower unemployment,” Cavaletto said.

Rep. Cavaletto and his wife Connie reside in Salem and have three children and three grandchildren.