MORGANTOWN — U.S. Navy veteran Steven Wendelin is looking for the Democratic nomination to vie for the Home of Representatives seat held by Rep. Alex Mooney. He talked with The Dominion Put up on Wednesday about his marketing campaign.
Wendelin served 39 years within the Navy, retiring in September with the rank of commander. After serving all world wide, he turned a West Virginian by alternative, he mentioned.
His final publish was within the D.C. space, he mentioned, and his spouse, Lila, lived in Alexandria, Va. He was searching for a “without end house” in 2018, and West Virginia doesn’t tax army retirement pay, so he got here right here to look.
“To my absolute shock and surprise, it’s completely essentially the most lovely place I’ve ever seen.” He purchased his Hardy County homestead in 2019. “That is positively my without end house.”
What led him to run? First, he wasn’t happy with the illustration in his Home district. Then, the clincher was the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol. “This isn’t the nation that I devoted my total 39 years to.”
He didn’t have to work, however thought-about the adage, “If you happen to don’t vote, you’ll be able to’t complain.” And he added, “If you happen to don’t not less than strive, you’re a part of the issue, too. … I simply have a look at this as a continuation of my service.”
His marketing campaign web site includes a record of his high points and we talked about a number of of them.
One is revenue tax reform. “The tax code is just too difficult,” he mentioned, with too many loopholes. “We have to take the tax code out into the parking zone of the Capitol and light-weight it on hearth, and we have to begin over.”
He sees a code of possibly 15 pages or so, with extra of a flat tax that features accountability for things like inventory market returns and company taxes.
“By restructuring, I believe we may most likely find yourself reducing everybody’s taxes, if we are able to simply get the ultra-wealthy to pay their justifiable share.” And the ultra-wealthy might get monetary savings over what they’re paying now to keep away from taxes.
Tied to tax reform is fiscal accountability. “A balanced finances on time needs to be the regulation of the land.”
Pondering of the army, he mentioned, “If we may simply go after the waste, the cash that we’d save could be phenomenal.” He doesn’t imply reducing troops and provides and protection capabilities. However trimming the layers of paperwork and inefficiency. “We merely have to re-balance issues.”
Immigration regulation additionally wants a rewrite, he mentioned, with correct vetting and pathways to citizenship so folks looking for to return in grow to be taxpayers. “It must be fully reformed; it must be finished humanely.” He famous the hypocrisy of these using illegals with out penalties. “There’s an answer for it if we simply sit down and cease screaming at one another.”
Pupil debt is a sizzling matter now and Wendelin thinks it might be good to de-privatize scholar loans and promote authorities bonds to cowl the loans, with fastened rates of interest and charges of return, for vocational and educational coaching.
And certainly one of his favourite matters is marketing campaign finance reform. “We have to cease shopping for — politicians shouldn’t be on the market,” he mentioned. “We have to discover a solution to get darkish and comfortable cash out of politics.”
Fundraising for his grass-roots marketing campaign is just not excessive on his precedence record, he mentioned. “Earlier than you vote, have a look at the place did their cash come from, how are they elevating it and the way are they spending it?”
Up to now, the Federal Election Fee exhibits that Wendelin is the one Democratic candidate. On the Republican aspect, state Treasurer Riley Moore is taken into account the front-runner, however Republicans Joseph Frederick Early, Nate Cain and Alexander Gaaserud are additionally within the operating for the Might major.
Rep. Alex Mooney is vying towards Gov. Jim Justice for the U.S. Senate seat, which might be open as Sen. Joe Manchin is just not looking for reelection.
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