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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 50

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Bill Wells

Mayor, City of El Cajon
18,951 votes (12.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Trust in Government: Americans expect and deserve professionalism and integrity in their government. The first order of business is to “Drain the Swamp.”
  • Reduce the National Debt: $21 Trillion is a massive and unsustainable debt. In my City of El Cajon I provided a balanced budget and a surplus. We should do the same in Washington.
  • Mental Health: The national mental health crisis is at the root of homelessness, drug addiction and untreated psychiatric conditions. We can do better. I have the experience to help with this in Congress.



Profession:Mayor of El Cajon/Psy.D.
Chairman, Proposition H Bond Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2003–2004)


MS and Psy. D. California Coast University. BS Nursing Kaplan/Purdue University. BS Psychology Regents/Excelsior Univ. Doctorate and Masters in Clinical Psychology (MS Psy.D.). BS Nursing, BS Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Nursing (2017)
California Coast University, Kaplan/Perdue University, Regents/Excelsior University Psy.D., MS, BS and BS, Psy.D. MS and BS Clinical Psychology. BS Nursing (2017)

Community Activities

Member, Skyline Weslyan Church (1998–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters (San Diego and North County San Diego chapters) (6)

Family reunification is a process that allows immigrants already residing in the U.S. to bring in additional family members. Do you support limiting this process? Why or why not?
Answer from Bill Wells:

It is reasonable to expect that if a person is allowed to immigrate to the US, their spouse and children would be allowed to follow.  Chain migration practices however have allowed for bringing parents and siblings along as well.  These persons are allowed to enter the US without consideration of their ability to be employed or their financial status.  This invariably puts the U.S. taxpayers at risk of significantly increasing the burden on the entitlement system. It may be that there are circumstances such as political persecution or war when these family members may need to be brought to the U.S.,  it should not be systematic.  Extended family members should be granted immigration status based upon the merits of their own individual cases whenever possible.  It is prudent for any government to protect its borders, language and culture.  We should be diligent in protecting the soverignty of our borders.  We should be diligent in vetting potential immigrants to ensure that they are willing and able to assimilate into American culture.  We should be as sure as we can be that we are not admitting people who show propensity for violence or crminal acts.  

Do you support expanding the current border wall between U.S. and Mexico? Why or why not?
Answer from Bill Wells:

The border wall here in San Diego has been successful. It has significantly decreased crime and the porousness of the border.  Israel also has a border wall and attributes a significant decrease in suicide bombings to its existence. The U.S. government has an obligation to keep the border safe and to stop criminal activity such as drug smuggling, human trafficking and illegal immigration.  Though it has been politically demonized, the wall is a logical tool for helping to achieve this goal.  Other technologies can also be employed, along with law enforcement officers to even further work towards this end.  The result will be increased safety for our officers, people attempting to cross the border and the public as a whole. 

Do you support creating additional regulations on gun ownership? Why or why not?
Answer from Bill Wells:

 Any additional regulations on gun ownership should be considered only through the lens of the necessity to protect the Second Amendment and by extension the Constitution as a whole.  This is vital and not negotiable, except through the amendment process.  There are situations however when it is reasonable to restrict certain persons from purchasing or possessing a firearm.  Convicted felons should not be allowed to possess guns.  I also believe that persons who have had to be committed to a psychiatric hospital should not be allowed to possess firearms and that they should be subject to a background check.  

Should the U.S. remain in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? Why or why not?
Answer from Bill Wells:

Though NAFTA has flaws and needs to be modernized, especially in regards to energy policy, I do think that the U.S. should remain in it.  Statistically those nations which we have trade agreements with have a significantly lower trade deficit than our trading partners with no set agreement.  Like smart businesses, the U.S. should regularly seek to better their trading situation if possible through modernization and renegotiation. It is the governments responsibility to put the needs of U.S. citizens and businesses above those of foreign governments or businesses.  However, the U.S. is a world leader and we should always act in ways that honor the law and justice.  

Do you support raising the federal gas tax to improve the national transportation infrastructure (for example roads, train tracks, and bridges)? Why or why not?
Answer from Bill Wells:

I do not support raising the federal gas tax to improve transportation infrastructure.  The current taxes should currently be more than enough to achieve this goal but most government programs focus on non car related projects such as bike lanes, mass transit and high speed rail, even though very few Americans are interested in using these types of transportation options.  This is done in response to the political decision to try and force Americans out of their cars.  Raising taxes even higher than they already are is an example of this tactic.  Americans want to drive cars and governments should not engage in social engineering attempts to force a way of life on people that they do not want.  

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?
Answer from Bill Wells:

The Affordable Care Act was a massive overreach by the federal government that created instability and uncertantity in the American health care system.  It also inadvertently created a redistribution of wealth by providing supplements for low income and non working persons and significantly increasing the costs for the working.  To make the system work, the free market must be allowed to shape the system.  Though there should be provisions for those who can not pay, there should also be some limitations on what is and is not covered. Consumers should not be allowed to game the pre-existing condition clauses so that they only have to purchase health care coverage when they become ill.  Young healthy people should be allowed to purchase catastrophic event coverage with high deductibles if they choose to. Also, any system that punishes the middle class in an artificial scheme to redistribute wealth should be avoided.  

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $57,146

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of American Ice
Employees of Bright Star Care
Employees of Bsbco
Employees of City Of La Mesa
Employees of Cognex Corporation
Employees of East County Mortuary
Employees of Mobile Homes Acceptance Corp.
Employees of National Enterprises Inc
Employees of National Transportation
Employees of Windy Cove Inc

More information about contributions

By State:

California 89.80%
Texas 10.20%

By Size:

Large contributions (94.39%)
Small contributions (5.61%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Brief position statements of Mayor Bill Wells


This paper presents brief position statements that will give the reader a good understanding of the basic positions and political philosophy of Mayor Bill Wells.

Limited Government
We must defend the rights of the people over the desires of the government. I am repulsed by the encroachment of government in our lives by means of taxation and over regulation. I believe in the greatness of what we as a people can achieve if the government takes on its proper limited role and gets out of the way of progress and innovation.  ​Pro-Life
Government exists to protect people. All lives must be protected and the government has a special responsibility to protect the lives of those who cannot protect themselves. For this reason, I am opposed to abortion and euthanasia.   ​Property Rights
Property is not just a place to live or work, but it is a legacy for families and a place to build and store wealth. Because of this I take it very seriously any attempt to restrict the rights of property owners and will defend any erosion of those rights.   ​Second Amendment Rights
The Second Amendment assures that government will not intervene in an individual’s right to self-protection, no matter the genesis of that threat. I will protect all American’s Second Amendment rights to defend themselves, their families and their property.  ​Strong National Defense
A fortified national defense preserves strength at home and abroad. A dynamic and vital military free from social engineering, is a non-negotiable pillar of American life. We must constantly strive to maintain the edge in national defense spending to provide our service members the tools to fight for our freedoms.  Border Security
Good fences make good neighbors. Our borders must be secured. Through strong immigration policy reform, we can keep America safe while also providing a pathway to citizenship. As such, I support President Trump in the building of the wall.  Stand With Israel
As the only western-style Democracy in the Middle East, I stand with Israel. That nation has the right to protect its borders, sovereignty and its citizens. I support the decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and do not believe Israel should participate in the giving up of land for peace.National Debt
National debt now sits at $19 trillion. It’s not a difficult concept; we currently spend about 105% of our GDP. When the individual American lives above their means, the result is bankruptcy. I will stand strong against increases to the national debt.  

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