Wheeler, who has served two years of his third four-year term, announced in November 2016 that he would not seek a fourth term, due to health reasons.
After fighting some health issues and seeing a number of doctors, Wheeler was diagnosed with chronic aspiration. Since the condition was diagnosed, Wheeler has been receiving treatment and now says he feels great.
“Now that my health issue has been dealt with, I am able to continue working for the good of the residents of District 5 and the entire county,” says the Supervisor.
Oakhurst businessman John Reed, Wheeler’s appointment to the Madera County Planning Commission, announced in November that he would run for the 5th District Supervisor’s seat, at the behest of Wheeler himself. Reed now says he is withdrawing from the race in order to serve as campaign manager for Wheeler’s re-election effort.
“Originally I was honored when Tom asked me to run for his seat. to continue the work he has done the past ten years,” explains Reed, “but now I’m happy to serve as his campaign manager.”
As for Wheeler, he’s up for and looking forward to the challenge.
“I really enjoy serving the County and and I want to use all the experience I have gained to follow through with a lot of important projects that will be coming up in the County over the next few years.”