Mark Wichern

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Mark Wichern
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 1
PartyIndependent
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolHamilton High, 1986
Associate'sSt. Petersburg College, 1988
Personal
ProfessionSmall business owner, water damage remediation
Websites
Campaign website
Mark Wichern was a 2014 non-affiliated candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Florida.[1] Mark Wichern lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Wichern grew up in Ohio and graduated from Hamilton High in 1986. He moved to Florida to attend college and pursue a professional baseball career. He earned his associate's degree in administration, marketing and accounting from St. Petersburg College in 1988.[2]

Professionally, Wichern is an owner of a water damage remediation business. He is the founder of Restoration Coach and All Clear Restoration. He is also an instructor and consultant in the field.[3]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Wichern's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Secure Our Borders: " First, Mark will work to close unnecessary U.S. military bases overseas and reopen bases in the U.S., especially those along the southern border. This action will add security at home, as well as economic boosts to the regions where bases are reopened."
  • Fight for Our Veterans as They have Fought for Us: " The Veterans’ Administration, under the leadership of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and Chairman Jeff Miller, has killed more than 1,000 veterans through systematic neglect. If employees and overseers of a private hospital were to do what has been done in the VA, the perpetrators would be arrested and tried for negligent homicide. Yet no one, aside from former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, has even lost his or her job over this disgrace, much less been charged with murder."
  • End The Federal Reserve Bank: "Mark will fight in Congress to abolish the Federal Reserve, which is a privately owned bank. The Federal Reserve creates our currency from nothing and loans it to the federal government by purchasing government securities, such as bonds, notes and bills. The Federal Reserve holds these bonds and the government must buy them back at interest. To cover the interest payments, the government must sell more securities to the Federal Reserve, thus creating more debt. Therefore, so long as the Federal Reserve exists, the U.S. government will allows be in a perpetually growing debt to the private banking sector."
  • Balanced Budget: "To balance the budget, we have to fix the money. The budget can never be truly balanced when all money is borrowed from the Federal Reserve at interest. Andrew Jackson was our last president to lead a debt-free nation. He did so by eliminating the central bank. When he did that, it kick-started the nation into the largest economic growth in World History."
  • War: " First of all, only Congress can declare war. Congress has not declared war since 1942. What we have called war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Korea were actually unconstitutional executive orders for military policing of foreign countries."

[5]

—Mark Wichern's campaign website, http://www.wichernforcongress.com/issues/

Elections

2014

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See also: Florida's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Wichern ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 1st District.[1] Wichern ran as a non-affiliated candidate. He was defeated by incumbent Jeff Miller (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[6]

U.S. House, Florida District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Miller Incumbent 70.1% 165,086
     Democratic James Bryan 23.4% 54,976
     Independent Mark Wichern 6.5% 15,281
Total Votes 235,343
Source: Florida Division of Elections

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Florida Election Division, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election," accessed May 5, 2014
  2. Wichern for Congress, "Get to know Mark," accessed August 10, 2014
  3. Information submitted through Ballotpedia's biographical submission form on August 7, 2014
  4. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed October 23, 2014
  5. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  6. The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014