"I've faced tough challenges and I'm ready to go to work for you. I humbly ask for your vote for the 50th Congressional District."
CA 50 Republican Candidate - Bill Wells
Bill Wells did not dream of running for U.S. Congress when he was growing up. Absent the right family pedigree, Bill just dreamed of a stable life.
He was just eight years old when his father, an alcoholic, took his own life in Pacific Beach. A police officer delivered the news of the shooting death at young Bill’s front door.
“My mom, my sister and I tried to live a normal life, but we were poor and I was acutely aware that I was not the kind of person who drove the nice cars, or wore the nice clothes. In fact, I grew up feeling that perhaps my little family was cursed.”
At 11, he started working toward that stable life. A paper route in the Rolando neighborhood. Jack-in-the-Box at 16. Then his high school friends brought forth another dream – college.
At college, he worked at Marie Callender's as a cook and on the “pie crew.” Unable to afford books, Bill would study in the aisles of the campus bookstore.
Post-college life did not mean instant success either. He struggled to make ends meet. His first marriage ended with him taking sole custody of his two young children, then 2 and 3.
"To take care of my family, I would work graveyard shift at the hospital while a neighbor slept in our studio apartment with the kids," Bill said. "In the morning, I would take over and I only slept while they took their afternoon naps."
"It was about this time that I started going back to church," he continued. "I remember telling God, 'My way doesn't work. From now on, I'll do it your way.'"
It was at church that Bill met Bettie. Before letting her accept a coffee date, he shared the entire picture: small children, terrible work hours, sleeplessness, a studio apartment and "even my Ford Escort that had a top speed of 30 miles per hour."
Today, Bill Wells, 55, has a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a registered nurse, currently serves as the CEO of Broadwell Health, Inc., an El Cajon-based provider of behavioral health services. His wife, Bettie, is a therapist.
Their three adult children blessed them with four grand children. Matt Wells, 29, joined the family business after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as a Sergeant in Force Recon. Katie Crosby, 28, runs her family’s contracting company in Seattle. And Eli Wells, 20, is an Emergency Medical Technician working towards becoming a firefighter paramedic.
Bill Wells has served as Mayor of El Cajon since 2013
Bill first joined the political world as an advocate for a hospital employer, both at the local and state level. In 2004, he served as a Planning Commissioner and was later elected to the El Cajon City Council in 2008. When the prior mayor resigned in 2013, then Mayor Pro Tem Wells was appointed to serve out the remainder of the term. In 2014, Bill was elected as Mayor of El Cajon winning 83% of the vote.
Bill has also served as President of the Grossmont Union High School District’s Proposition H Bond Oversight Committee. Wells has also been appointed to the board of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and in 2013, was recognized as the San Diego County Republican Party Elected Official of the Year. The Wells family belongs to Skyline Wesleyan Church.
“All the hard-earned lessons early in my life lead to me to be the man I am today: a doctor, a public servant, a father and a husband,” Wells said. “I’ve faced tough challenges and I’m ready to go to work for you. I humbly ask for your vote for the 50th Congressional District.”