Eldon Wallace Congressional Candidate Idaho District 2
Biography of Eldon Wallace from Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children
Eldon holds a Bachelor of Arts from Drury University, and he did graduate work at the University of Missouri Columbia in political science. After a career with Missouri state government, he retired as Associate Commissioner for Finance with the Missouri Department of Higher Education in 2000. He and Suzanne then lived on a sailing catamaran on the east and gulf coast of the United States for three years before they moved to Boise in 2004.
During his governmental career, Eldon held a variety of positions including Missouri Assistant State Budget Director and Deputy Director for Programs with the Missouri Department of Social Services. He is a past member and president of the Jefferson City Area United Way Board of Directors. He was member of and past president of the Missouri Institute of Public Administration. He served as a board member of the Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet).
Eldon’s acquaintance with Idaho AEYC began when he became a friend of the late Karen Mason shortly after he moved to Idaho. Now with a young grandson in town, early care and education has become very personal. In July 2011 Eldon was appointed to the Idaho AEYC Governing Board to fill a vacancy. He also continues to be an active volunteer with Idaho Voices for Children.
In 2005, at the invitation of State Senator Mike Burkett, Eldon began serving as researcher on a variety of state policy issues involving education and human services. His work on early childhood education contributed to the legislative introduction of Senate Bill No. 1381 that, if enacted, would have established a voluntary state funded early education program for Idaho.
In 2010 at the request of members of the Idaho Democratic Party, Eldon ran as a candidate for Idaho Lt. Governor on a platform strongly advocating state funded pre-kindergarten.