Editor’s note:State Rep. Skyler Wheeler, R-Orange City, announced he would move to the newly drawn Iowa House District 4 after redistricting to avoid a primary with State Rep. Tom Jeanery, R-LeMars, in the new Iowa House District 3 He has a primary opponent, Kendal Zylstra of Larchwood, in the June 7 Republican primary.
The Iowa Torch received two letters of support for Wheeler. Iowa House District 4 consists of Lyon County and parts of Sioux County including Sioux Center, Rock Valley, Boyden, and Hull.
I’m writing this letter to show my complete support and faith in Rep. Skyler Wheeler as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives. His constant pursuit of conservative values has always shown through in his ideas for legislation and in his voice amongst his colleagues. As a 22-year veteran of the Air Force, I noticed Rep. Wheeler’s keen ability to stand out amongst our peers. He takes control and leads discussions, while at the same time he brings all interested parties together to hear every side of the issue. He is a true patriot and I am honored to call him my friend.
Rep. Wheeler is well respected amongst his peers and his leadership skills have shown through when he has been asked to spearhead debate or floor manage a bill. He has never wavered when it comes to being a true conservative within the Republican caucus. From his votes to defund Planned Parenthood to banning Critical Race Theory in schools to protecting girl’s sports, Rep. Wheeler has always put conservative thought and ideas first.
In such a tumultuous time that all Iowans are experiencing right now, what the district and the state needs is a true conservative voice that is willing to take the hard stand on the right side of controversial issues. Rep. Wheeler has always and will always continue to make the right choice. He will make the right choice for everyone in the district as well as everyone in Iowa. He is the right choice when you vote on June 7th.
State Rep. Henry Stone, R-Forest City
In 2016 when Skyler Wheeler first ran for office, I supported an opponent. I appreciated what Skyler said he stood for but didn’t trust his inexperience and his ability to have real influence to get things done for our District. I expected he might be a firebrand who talked big but got little done. Since that time, we have all had an opportunity to analyze what Skyler has accomplished. Skyler has been remarkably effective. I have been moved from the column of skeptic to supporter.
I am amazed that he has been able to lead in so many areas. Sklyer was honest about what he said he cared about and has advanced many practical solutions for District priorities. Skyler has been at the forefront of the fight for defense of life. He has strengthened our states position on the second amendment. Sklyer supported voter ID, before it became a national hot button issue, and ensured that Iowans have confidence in our election system. He has been part of seeing our state taxes reduced. Skyler is a huge proponent of educational choices and parent involved education.
Not only has he led on these banner conservative issues, but he has also been a great grass roots politician. Skyler has demonstrated a willingness to listen to people’s problems and unique situations. Skyler has made himself available and has been directly in contact with City Administrators, Mayors and businesses when they have had issues that have needed to be addressed at the state level. He has been quietly working behind the scenes on things that don’t get much attention and giving us the support we have needed. Just as one example, I have seen him support important development projects like Lewis and Clark Regional Water System.
He is involved in the communities, raising a beautiful family, at the community events, and truly getting things done. I am grateful for his energy, skill, competence and faithfulness to a calling to serve. Please accept this letter of endorsement.
Eric Rankin of Hull