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|Mississippi Senate District 9|
|Bachelor's||University of Mississippi|
|Date of birth||October 30, 1976|
|Place of birth||Greenwood, Mississippi|
Wade is an entrepreneur, business man, and residential real estate investor. He was a second round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins and played nine seasons in the National Football League.
- See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011
Wade ran in the 2011 election for Mississippi Senate District 9. He was unopposed in the primary on August 2, 2011 and set to face incumbent Gray Tollison (D) in the general election on November 8, 2011. However, Wade was removed from the ballot in mid-September by the state Election Commission for failing to be a qualified elector of the state for four years. Wade initially appealed the decision, but dropped it days later saying a lengthy judicial process could prevent the ballot from being ready in time to send to out-of-state members of the military.
On his website, Wade made the following statements about his priorities:
- "I will be the voice for local government with less interference from central government. If Americans truly want this country, state, and district to prosper it must be done on the local level."
- "I will work hard to cut spending to balance our budget without cutting back on programs that are necessary for the elderly, for education or for the betterment of our district. We are in a difficult time in our country and state and we must gain control of our finances. My pledge is to be a watchdog for unnecessary spending."
- "I believe in a top quality educational system and workforce training. District 9 has the potential for tremendous job opportunities. My goal is to see that our citizens are ready for the workforce with new skills; however, the spending on education must come with results. My goal is to enable our graduates to become workforce ready and to expand educational programs for adults to be prepared for the job market ahead."
- "I am a firm believer in the second amendment to The United States Constitution. Opponents will continue to erode these freedoms like many others, but it will be my duty as it is a rule of law as a lawmaker to stand up for this constitutional right."
Wade was born in Greenwood, Mississippi. He attended the University of Mississippi on a football scholarship and graduated with a sociology degree and minor in political science. Wade played for nine seasons in the NFL, with his career ending in 2008.
- ToddWade.net, "About," accessed August 15, 2011
- Mississippi Department of State, 2011 Official State Senate Candidate List
- NEMS 360, "Election Commission denies Wade ballot spot," September 14, 2011
- NEMS 360, "Wade drops Senate 9 appeal," September 20, 2011
- ToddWade.com, "Issues," accessed August 15, 2011
- Todd Wade for State Senate, "About," accessed September 8, 2011