Wes Riddle

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Wes Riddle
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 25
Bachelor'sUnited States Military Academy, 1983
Master'sOxford University, 1993
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Place of birthHouston, TX
Campaign website
Wes Riddle was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 25th Congressional District of Texas.[1]


Campaign themes


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

  • Budget
Excerpt: "Many families and businesses are making cuts and other hard choices when it comes to balancing their budgets. Why should government be any different? We now owe more than $14.3 trillion, that’s more than $46,000 for every man, woman and child in the United States."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Not only has government forgotten the purpose of education, it has forgotten its own purpose too! There is room enough for freedom to have competing systems of education."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "It is high time that this great nation develops a plan that will lead us to energy independence. Being energy independent is vital to the well-being of this nation and to our national security. As global demand for energy expands at a dramatic rate we must have a real course of action that will produce real results for Americans."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Repeal Obamacare and replace it—there’s no justification to transform the entire health care system in America—how about getting at the problem: deal with the few million uninsured, reduce costs for everybody through common sense solutions."
  • U.S. Border Security
Excerpt: "My step-son Danilo recently arrived in this country, having just emigrated from the Philippines—a long journey and his first plane flight. It took us 17 years to follow the process legally. His mother and I are most assuredly not for amnesty of illegal aliens."
  • Obama impeachment
Riddle is campaigning on a platform that involves impeaching President Barack Obama. He has promised to begin the impeachment process as soon as he enters Congress, because of a treaty in which Obama ceded seven islands in the Arctic Ocean to Russia. In actuality, the island were ceded in 1991 under President George H.W. Bush.[3]
Riddle also stated that he wanted to impeach Obama because of "President Obama’s abuse of power and blatant disregard to the Constitution."[3]



See also: Texas' 25th Congressional District elections, 2012

Riddle ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 25th District. He and Roger Williams defeated Bill Burch, Dianne Costa, James Dillon, Dave Garrison, Justin Hewlett, Charles Holcomb, Brian Matthews, Ernie Beltz, Jr., Chad Wilbanks and Michael Williams (Texas Commissioner of Education) in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He was then defeated in the subsequent runoff.[4][5][6][7]

U.S. House, Texas District 25 Runoff Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Williams 58% 26,495
Wes Riddle 42% 19,210
Total Votes 45,705
U.S. House, Texas District 25 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Williams 25.1% 12,894
Green check mark transparent.pngWes Riddle 14.6% 7,481
Justin Hewlett 12% 6,178
Dave Garrison 11.9% 6,133
Michael Williams 10.5% 5,392
Dianne Costa 9.4% 4,810
Brian Matthews 3.6% 1,824
Charlie Holcomb 3.3% 1,690
Chad Wilbanks 3.1% 1,593
Bill Burch 3.1% 1,575
James Dillon 2.3% 1,174
Ernie Beltz, Jr. 1.2% 596
Total Votes 51,340

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Riddle's reports.[8]

Wes Riddle (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2012$126,162.43$31,297.32$(41,449.30)$116,010.45
Pre-Primary[10]May 30, 2012$116,010.45$12,636$(71,071.97)$57,574.48
July Quarterly[11]July 16, 2012$60,889.07$21,336.35$(28,461.81)$53,763.61
Pre-Runoff[12]July 20, 2012$53,763.61$875$(7,111.18)$47,527.43
Running totals


Riddle was endorsed by Representative Ron Paul.[13]


As of the 2012 election, Riddle was married to wife, Aida.[14]

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