Marihelen Wheeler

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Marihelen Wheeler
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 3
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Campaign website
Marihelen Wheeler is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Florida.[1]

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

Biography

Wheeler grew up in the farmlands of Western Kentucky. She began her teaching career in art when she was 25 years old after receiving an M.A. from Eastern Kentucky University. She has had the opportunity to teach in a wide range of environments from private boarding schools in Kentucky and Tennessee, a private elementary school in New Haven, Connecticut as well as a residential treatment center for neglected and abused children in Appalachian Kentucky.

Upon relocating to Florida in 1982, she moved to Levy County where she taught for ten years at Bronson and Chiefland Elementary Schools and at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, an outdoor experiential education program serving adjudicated adolescent girls, near Fanning Springs. During this time, she completed an M.A.Ed. in Exceptional Student Education from the University of Florida and also served as Levy County Coordinator of Very Special Arts Florida.

Wheeler’s activist work has included eight years of working with a variety of water groups in Florida to control water quality and quantity in the region. She has been an advocate for water conservation of rivers and springs as well as coastal waters. It was her conviction to correct problems with educational testing practices and water conservation issues that compelled her to become a candidate in the 2012 election for Florida House of Representatives from District 20.[2]

Elections

2014

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

Wheeler is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 3rd District.[1] Wheeler is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

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.[3]

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 themes

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]

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Wheeler's reports.[5]

Marihelen Wheeler (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[6]April 11, 2014$0$7,066$(808)$6,257
Running totals
$7,066$(808)

Personal

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.[2]

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[2]

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