Businessman declares for treasurer's race
Mike Wheelis, a small businessman and entrepreneur, is running as a write-in candidate for Aiken County Treasurer.
Wheelis' announcement this week brings the number of candidates for the seat up to 10.
"The reason I decided to run with (19) days left until the election was I have not heard from the other candidates a clear plan for what they will do if elected treasurer. I have a plan. It's called a 'Plan for Progress: Aiken County Treasurer's Road Map,'" Wheelis said.
The slate of write-in candidates now consists of John Cagle, Debra Folk, Jason Goings, Angela Gunter, Melissa Oremus, Francis Pennington, Robin Saylor, Ed Smith, Sonya Spray and Wheelis.
Because each candidate is running as a write-in, none of their names will appear on the Nov. 6 election ballot. In order to vote for the candidate of their choice, voters must tap "write-in" under the title "County Treasurer." A standard QWERTY keyboard will appear on the electronic screen, and voters must type in the name of their chosen candidate.
The treasurer serves a four-year term concurrent with Aiken County's fiscal year. The election winner will take office in July 2013.
Occupation: Wheelis helps his father, Randy, run J&R Electrical Contractors Inc.
Education: "I went to Midland Valley High and was home schooled. I went straight into business and my degree is in real life success, a proven track record of making money and helping others do the same."
Church/civic organizations: Attends Apostolic Lighthouse Church
Why are you running for the seat?: "I was born and raised in Aiken County. I love the people and this community. My parents taught me to give back and help others. As a small businessman, my community is important. I have two young boys, and I am running for them. I want them to have the opportunities that I have had. I want to help local business owners like myself try to create jobs and meet a payroll. I am the solid choice to be Aiken County's next treasurer."
What would you bring to the position?: Wheelis' "Plan for Progress: Aiken County Treasurer's Road Map" is based on five principles: transparency, modernization, better constituent service, open communication with other departments and keeping taxpayer money safe. "I will be their voice and get the job done. I have a strong business background. I know how to manage people and get the job done on time and under budget. I will bring those qualities to the office of treasurer."
Why should people vote for you?: "I am not a politician, but a small businessman. I understand how the economy works. I live it every day helping grow my dad's business or my own business ventures. I love this county and its people. I understand the issues that this county faces. I am a lifelong resident. I will be our hardworking voice for the people of Aiken County as treasurer. I am a solid, principled, driven conservative. I will not make this a life-long career if elected. I will only seek two terms."
What is your opinion on the proposed change in Aiken County's form of government?: "I understand both sides of this issue. I feel the people of Aiken County should be allowed to pick who they want in these important offices of public trust. Let the voters decide, I say."