By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Alabama House District 47 candidate David Wheeler (R) addressed Republicans at the Jefferson County Republican Party Straw Poll in Gardendale. David Wheeler said that he was challenging a three term incumbent Rep. Jack Williams.
Wheeler joined Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) who headlined the event. Republicans present enjoyed barbecue and fellowship while learning more about the Republican candidates in the upcoming June 3rd Republican Primary.
Wheeler told Republicans that he oppose tax increases and supports term limits.
David Wheeler said that his opponent has gone on TV and accused him of being a Washington lobbyist. Wheeler said that that was a gross misrepresentation of his career. Wheeler is actually a retired executive with Alabama Power. For a period of time during his long tenure with Alabama Power he represented Alabama Power’s interests in Washington where he, “Fought the liberal agenda,” and saved Alabamians billions of dollars.
Wheeler said that he fought President Bill Clinton’s (D) proposed Btu tax. People at the time said you could not fight him (President Clinton). Wheeler and Alabama Power did anyway and won.
On his website, Wheeler said, that jobs are the number one issue facing Alabama. “We need to continue to create a business friendly environment to encourage new industry to relocate to Alabama.”
Wheeler wrote, “We need to work toward tax reform. I will never support raising new taxes on the hardworking families of Alabama. I believe government should live within its means. We need one budget instead of a general fund and education fund. And I favor un-earmarking of funds so the legislators have greater flexibility in tough budget years.”
Wheeler pledged to support term limits for all legislators and wrote, “I am a strong proponent of protecting Property Rights. I believe that government should never infringe on private property through eminent domain.”
On illegal immigration, Wheeler wrote, “I believe the border needs to be protected and national laws need to be enforced. I do not favor blanket amnesty for illegal immigrants.”
Wheeler wrote on his web site, “Our education system in Alabama needs to be fixed. It has become too top heavy and there are too many bureaucrats getting in the way of our children’s education. I will fight to make sure tax dollars actually reach the classrooms and are not spent on a burdensome bureaucracy.”
Wheeler told the Republican voters present: I would like to ask for your vote on June 3.
David Wheeler won the Jefferson County straw poll for the event.