Wes Fell Announces Candidacy For Okaloosa County Commissioner
Updated: Sep 13, 2019
Wes Fell, a 29-year resident of Okaloosa County has filed to run for the District 5 County Commission seat being vacated next year by the Honorable Commissioner Kelly Windes.
Wes is a 72-year old USMC veteran, Republican, and local event promoter with over 45 years of business experience. He currently is promoting the 20th annual Emerald Coast Home and Boat Show at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in Fort Walton Beach.
For more than twenty-nine years, Wes has worked with numerous businesses, civic and Chamber of Commerce organizations, community leaders, promoted many business expos, home shows, health fairs, boat shows and other events in this area. He has also published three magazines and coordinated the sale and production of maps for the Destin Chamber of Commerce and the Okaloosa County TDC. Wes is also an advertising, sales and marketing professional having worked with over 1500 business owners, chamber directors and professionals from Panama City to Pensacola. Wes is a member of all Okaloosa area Chambers of Commerce and has promoted more events at the Emerald Coast Convention Center than most area promoters or organizations in Northwest Florida.
Over the past year Wes has partnered in two events with the Greater FWB Chamber of Commerce and raised over $17,000 for One Hopeful Place. This year, the home show event is a fundraiser for four other non-profit organizations: Homes For Heroes, the Fort Walton Beach Kiwanis Club, Children In Crisis and Special Olympics Florida. 100% of the visitor admission fees will be donated to to these four organizations with a guarantee of at least a combined donation to the organizations in the amount of $10,000.
Wes believes that one of the main issues that needs to be addressed is the way that the Tourist Development Tax (TDT) money is being utilized.
He would like to see more of it stay local by supporting businesses in Okaloosa County that can utilize it for its intended purposes rather than it leaving our county. Another way Wes believe that some of the TDT funds can be freed is by privatizing the beautiful Emerald Coast Convention Center; making it a “for profit” enterprise instead of a county subsidized liability. Wes would also like to explore options to abolish the Mid-Bay Bridge tolls which will help the commuters within our county keep more of their hard-earned money.
Wes believes his extensive business background and association and work with the many great business and civic leaders in this community qualifies him to serve as a County Commissioner. With the County Commissioner’s race being an AT LARGE race voted on by ALL REGISTERED VOTERS in Okaloosa County, Wes looks forward to serving not only Destin and Niceville residents, but will be a public servant for ALL of the people of Okaloosa County.