Wells announces bid for Andalusia District 4 seat

Published 6:28 pm Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ralph Wells has announced his candidacy for Andalusia City Council in District 4.

“I would like to give you a great big, long list of all my qualifications, but I really don’t think that is what people want,” Wells said. “What they want is a voice in what is happening in this city and in their district.”

Wells said he believes he can adequately deliver that voice.

“I was born, raised and educated in this city,” he said. “I have been given a lot of opportunities in life because a lot of people in this city took the time to watch me, listen to me, teach me and then lead me in the right direction. It’s time I gave a little back.

“This is my family home, my friends live here, my kin folks live here, my mother and father are buried here, and I intend to be buried here,” he said. “I feel as though I have a lot in common with Andalusia, its people and its opportunity and growth. I want to see it prosper.

“I intend to listen well, to represent the people’s opinions in earnest, to make decisions after careful evaluation, to be honest and not take myself too seriously,” he said. “I am not a politician, I am not seeking a higher position, I do not have an agenda. I just want to get involved in the community. I have been on the sidelines too long.

“We are blessed with the opportunity and privilege of selecting our representatives and Andalusia has been fortunate over the years to have elected some dedicated people with vision. It would be nice to be a part of the future in Andalusia, not just the past.”

Wells is retired from, but maintains a consulting agreement with Carquest, formerly Taylor Parts.

He and his wife, Sue, have two daughters, Kristen Wiggins of the Carolina community and Kim Wells of Atlanta; and five grandchildren.