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James H. Calder, a local certified public accountant, is a Republican candidate for the Utah House of Representatives from District 63.

Calder was born in Provo, attended Provo City Schools, graduated from Brigham Young University and received an master's of business administration from Indiana University. He was employed by Haskins and Sells, a national accounting firm before opening his own firm in Provo. He is president of the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Vernal and past president of the Utah-Idaho Soft Drink Association.He has served as president of the Provo Rotary Club, chairman of the Provo Airport board, treasurer of the Utah County Chapter of the American Red Cross and is a member of the board of trustees of the Provo School District Foundation. He is married to the former Ann Christopherson of Provo. They have six children.

"I believe in order for our state government to be successful, we as citizens must be committed to and involved in the legislative process. Critical and important issues face us in education, environment, taxation, economic development, and in care for the elderly," he said.

"I am prepared to focus on these priorities, and to pinpont solutions that will be for the long-term benefit of our citizens. I work will with people, and bring to this office a strong fiscal background because of my accounting and private sector business experience."