Wendell McNeal

Wendell McNeal, a Morgan County resident and long-time business man, throws his hat into the race for Georgia House of Representatives’ District 114 seat in 2022.

On the heels of State Representative Dave Belton’s announcement that he will not seek reelection, local voters are left to wonder who will fill the newly redrawn District 114 seat, which covers parts of Morgan, Newton and Jasper Counties. Belton’s district was formerly Georgia’s House of Representatives’ District 112.

The first candidate to throw their name into the hat is Morgan County’s own Wendell McNeal, a self-described conservative businessman and community leader.

McNeal, a Republican with long-standing ties to Newton County, believes he is the right man to fill Belton’s shoes and advocate for a conservative agenda.

“In Georgia, we are at a crossroads and need bold leadership at the State Capitol to protect our children, safeguard our liberties and values, secure our elections, and block Biden’s big government overreach. We need brave conservatives who understand the battle and will do whatever it takes to win the war,” said McNeal.

“That’s why I’m running for State House. It is time for a fresh perspective from a conservative businessman that is willing to win the future for our conservative values — against all odds.”

McNeal is pledging to support anti-abortion measures, slashing taxes, banning Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools, supporting the police, among other popular conservative positions.

“Whether it’s protecting human life, cutting taxes, banning CRT, backing law enforcement, cracking down on the left’s election fraud schemes, or stopping cancel culture dead in its tracks, I am ready to fight and win against all odds,” said McNeal.

“As your Representative, I will not owe anyone anything — except the people of this district. I will fully devote my passion, time, and energy into being a voice for you and win the future.”

McNeal believes childhood hardships helped prepare him to lead his local community through elected office.

“I’m no stranger to struggle. After a tragic car accident early in life in which I sustained a severe head injury leaving me unconscious for five days, requiring multiple surgeries and my wearing a helmet for protection at school, I overcame adversity and achieved success through a lot of tenacity and hard work,” said McNeal. “That tenacity and hard work made me rock-solid — unwilling to bend under pressure — and it has served me well in business. I am ready to bring the same to the State House. I ask for your prayers and support and look forward to earning your votes,” concluded McNeal.

According to his campaign, “Wendell McNeal is a successful small businessman and owner of the McNeal Group, a real estate investment company that manages over 45 properties across the region. Prior to that, Wendell built a rent-to-own business with several locations, including a store in Covington, that he later sold. Wendell graduated high school from Georgia Military College and attended Georgia Southwestern and South Georgia Technical School. After completing his education, he went from repairing radios to purchasing his first piece of real estate that soon led him on a long road to a successful self-made business career.

“An active community leader, Wendell has worked to give back to the communities across the district. Wendell serves as a Reserve Deputy for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and as a Board Member of the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Georgia and the Georgia Youth Challenge Academy Foundation which supports the Georgia National Guard Youth Challenge Program. He is active in the local community and supports dozens of charities and events.

“A committed conservative, Wendell has been a champion for our values — working hard to elect strong conservatives and serving as the Vice Chair of the Morgan County Republican Party. He was proud to nominate President Trump as a Delegate at the National Republican Convention in 2020 and to serve as a greeter at President Trump’s White House Christmas Party in 2020.”

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