As a child, I remember watching Barack Obama's political rise that ultimately led him to the Presidency. At the young age of 10, I saw someone that looked like me rise to the highest office in the land. While this was exciting, I quickly learned that we couldn't have been further apart on the issues that mattered to me, my family, and my community. The policies of the Obama Administration destroyed our local economy and wreaked havoc on the economy of West Virginia and its values.
It was then that I realized that I wanted to lead to fight to represent my fellow citizens and our Christian-Conservative values in the Legislature. In 2018, at the age of 19 and against all odds, I was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates, becoming the youngest member of the West Virginia Legislature and the youngest African American to ever be elected to office. During my time in office, I fought for school choice for the children on our state, was the lead sponsor of legislation banning men from women's sports, voted for the largest tax cut in state history, voted to ban abortion in West Virginia, and voted repeatedly to defend our second amendment rights.
On my commute to the Capitol from home, I pass through my hometown of Richwood and parts of Nicholas County that were devastated by the 2016 flood. In hard times like that - when your community has lost homes and businesses and schools - the best part of West Virginia really shines through. Like President Kennedy said, “The sun doesn’t always shine in West Virginia, but the people always do. This was a daily reminder that those people, our people, deserve the best from their government. We deserve statewide leaders that share our values, defend our rights, speak truth to power, and are never, ever afraid to say: In God We Trust.
When I think of the State Auditor’s office, I think of the aftermath of that 2016 flood. It was the State Auditor’s office that uncovered rampant fraud and corruption in my hometown of Richwood. The good ol boy club saw all of those flood relief dollars that came into our community to help people - to help rebuild their lives - and they decided to take the money and run. It was the Auditor’s office that got justice for the people I grew up with and that’s exactly the kind of auditor I will be. We the people deserve a watchdog that’s exactly what I’ll be.
Folks, the fight has only just begun. I’m asking for your vote because I will always stand up for our conservative values, fight like no one else for our livelihoods, and never, ever back down in the fight against corruption in our state. Why? Because I believe with all in me that the people of West Virginia deserve the very best from their government. As our next auditor, I pledge to wake up every day ready to fight for our values, our livelihoods, and our communities.
Join me in this fight!
First things first, and I’m going to say this loud and clear: It’s time for West Virginia to stop doing business with folks who hate us. We’ve got giant, multinational corporations pushing this ESG agenda trying to bankrupt our fossil fuel industries and kill our livelihoods. The big credit card companies are targeting our Second Amendment rights by tracking and discriminating against gun purchases. It doesn’t end there, but the bottom line is this: If you want to attack our livelihoods, our faith, our Constitution, and our people, you’re going to have to do it without our money because when I’m auditor - they’re done.
Should West Virginia do business with people that hate our way of life? Caleb doesn't think so! As Auditor, Caleb will help make sure our state's pocketbook is safeguarded from these companies.
Caleb believes the Delinquent Land Purchasing process should be completely reimagined to better the communities and individuals most directly impacted by the delinquent properties. He will work to take a community-based approach to this problem.
Caleb believes that there is significant wasteful spending with regard to state vehicles. As our next Auditor, Caleb will investigate the purchasing and use of state vehicles to see where wasteful spending can be curtailed.
"I’ve stood up for parents and their children against the political establishment when I took on the teachers union to help pass the Hope Scholarship. Tax dollars should fund students, not systems, and parents should have a say in the curriculum being taught to their children.
In the House, I authored the bill, which is now law, that prohibits biological men from competing in women's sports. Women have fought for a fair playing field in sports for decades and allowing biological men to compete in these sports is a major setback to the years of progress gained.
In the House, I voted to cut the personal income tax by 21.25%, establish a 100% property tax rebate for motor vehicles, create a 100% property tax exemption for 90% or greater disabled veterans, and a business inventory property tax reduction.
I’ve taken every opportunity to cast a vote in favor of solid, Biblical, family values because as all of the folks here know: our rights do not come from government, our rights come from God Almighty.
I voted to ban abortion in West Virginia by voting for HB302 (2022) and voted for the Second Amendment Preservation and Non-Commandeering Act which prohibits the use of state law enforcement to enforce unconstitutional federal gun laws or executive orders.
Caleb Hanna for WV State Auditor
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