Marihelen Wheeler

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Marihelen Wheeler
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 3
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Marihelen Wheeler was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Florida.[1] Marihelen Wheeler lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

She was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 20 of the Florida House of Representatives.


Campaign themes


Wheeler's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Family. Fairness. Florida.: "The family is the cornerstone of our society and we need to do more to help Florida’s families thrive. They need to be able to make a decent living and have access to good and affordable health care. They need to know their property rights are safe and that they won’t be taxed for land they cannot use. Environmentalists are often seen as putting the interests of plants or animals before those of people. We need to protect the resources upon which our local industries depend such as agriculture and tourism. We do not have to sacrifice economic prosperity to protect and preserve our environment; we need clean water and air to promote and improve the local and national economy."
  • Immigration: "Immigration reform is a human rights issue. Millions of people come to our country every year and from each corner of the globe. Some are accepted immediately and integrated into our society while others are shunned and made the scapegoat of many of our problems. Currently, there are about 11 million “undocumented” people living in the United States. Immigrants are not burdens to our society but assets; they add to our economy through jobs and taxes, they enrich our culture and how we treat them defines who we are."
  • Raising the Minimum Wage: "The federal minimum wage has not been raised since 2009. If it was tied to inflation, it would be $10.60/hour but it isn’t. The Florida minimum wage is $7.93/hour, which is above the federal $7.25/hour but still too low. Some economists estimate that by raising this to $10.10/hour (over a few years), approximately 90,000 people would be lifted from poverty."
  • Health Care: "Access to health care is a basic, human right. Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted last October, more than eight million people have enrolled. This has given many health insurance for the first time in their lives. Moreover, the Center for Budgetary and Policy Priorities reports that by granting people access to affordable insurance, they are more likely to start new businesses to the tune of 25,000 a year."
  • Education: "As an educator myself, I know first hand the challenges our education system faces. Our teachers need to be supplied with the resources they need to prepare our children to compete on a global scale. While it is true that we spend more money per child than any country on the planet, those dollars are not spent uniformly due to the way we finance our schools. Like in real estate, the name of the game is location, location, location."


—Mrihelen Wheeler's campaign website,


Raising the Minimum Wage

"As our young people are trying to get out into the workplace and establish their own retirement investments, they need to be able to pay for their current living with adequate wages. Many of our college graduates are unable to find work and must pay off student loans at the same time they are trying to make monthly expenses. Retirees realizing their income is not enough, must supplement with jobs that were heretofore left for high school age students. The job market is what feeds the consumer market and wages must be adjusted to accommodate the current social structure."

Women’s Health and Equality

"With so many concerned about the overreach of government, it is astounding that our legislators spend so much time discussing issues of womens’ health. It is absolutely none of anyone’s business but the woman in question. After all these decades, it is shameful that the ERA has never been ratified and that women still must fight for equal pay. With so many issues that affect the greater good of us all, our government needs to stop interfering with the business of private families and spend more time on the business of government."

Working Families

"All of the issues outlined about have to do with the working middle class family. There are social issues that impact households all over the country. Often these issues are not the ones being addressed in Washington. The working family is who keeps the country moving and the economic gap is widening every year in such a way that even hard working Floridians struggle to maintain a standard of living they deserve for all their efforts. Corporations thrive at the expense of those taxed from the middle class. These working familes take pride in the fact they don’t need government assistance, i.e. health care, unemployment, public assistance and work themselves to exhaustion trying to avoid such things. What they fail to remember, is that they have already paid upfront for those things and that if they or any member of their family need this kind of assistance, it has already been taken care of through their tax monies. It’s our money and it is not shameful to take it when needed."

Vocational Training

"This must be reintegrated into the public school curriculum. The focus must shift to preparing our young people to contribute to their families and their communities. The trades need to be encouraged as those professions are the ones that are responsible for maintaining the infrastructure of our communities."

Water and Land Conservation

"Water and Land conservation are no longer just local issues of concern. With water shortages and water quality concerns from industrial and agricultural waste, these issues are regional and national, if not international. Local activism is required to make certain that the land is tended properly and the water supply maintained for quality use."

Caring for our Veterans

"Veterans made a promise to this country when they put on their uniforms. This country made a promise to honor and respect that commitment by taking care of them and their families. No veteran should ever worry that their sacrifice is not respected and should expect a compassionate homeland to welcome them back.Their needs include: housing, work, medical and psychological services and support from the local communities to see that those needs are offered to the entire family of those enlisted men and women."[4]



See also: Florida's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Wheeler ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 3rd District.[1] Wheeler ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary. She was defeated by incumbent Ted Yoho (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[5]

U.S. House, Florida District 3 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Yoho Incumbent 65% 148,691
     Democratic Marihelen Wheeler 32.3% 73,910
     Independent Howard Lawson 2.7% 6,208
Total Votes 228,809
Source: Florida Division of Elections


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Wheeler ran in the 2012 election for Florida House of Representatives District 20. Wheeler was defeated by Clovis Watson, Jr. in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[6]

Florida House of Representatives, District 20 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngClovis Watson, Jr. 58.5% 6,450
Marihelen Wheeler 41.5% 4,581
Total Votes 11,031

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Wheeler's reports.[7]

Marihelen Wheeler (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]April 11, 2014$0$7,066$(808)$6,257
July Quarterly[9]July 12, 2014$6,257$23,281$(21,975)$7,563
Pre-Primary[10]August 14, 2014$7,563$13,318$(10,482)$10,399
October Quarterly[11]October 14, 2014$10,399$23,242$(13,678)$19,964
Running totals


Wheeler has three sons and has been married to Dr. Paul Wheeler, a local marriage and family therapist, for 25 years. Dr. Wheeler is the owner and director of the Gestalt Center in Gainesville.[12]

Awards and associations

  • 2013-present: Education coordinator, Florida Wildlife Care
  • 2013-present: Member, Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice
  • 2012-present: Member, Delta Kappa Gamma, Gamma Xi Chapter
  • 2005-present: Secretary, Santa Fe Lake Dwellers Board
  • 1994-present: Member, Alachua County Education Association
  • 1992-2012: Member and costume designer, Gainesville Community Playhouse Board
  • 2011: Teacher of the Year, Westwood Middle School[12]

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