Bill Akins to run for Congress
Port Charlotte resident Bill Akins has announced he will campaign for the 17th District seat currently held by Congressman Tom Rooney.
Akins moved to Port Charlotte, Florida in 2010 and became involved with veteran’s issues. One of his top priorities is overhauling the Veteran’s Administration to better serve the district’s large veteran population.
“I feel that I have served the Veterans as much as I can here,” he stated, “and now I want to go and fight for the Veterans while serving in Congress, as the VA is a nightmare. A shortage in medical professionals has created longer waiting times for appointments, additional facilities are desperately needed and I would take a long hard look at the Veteran’s Choice Program as well. These brave men and women served our country honorably and deserve to be treated with dignity.”
Other pressing issues include defending Second Amendment rights for law abiding, qualified citizens.
“The latest event in Las Vegas was indeed tragic,” Akins said. “But politicians have turned it into a political matter advocating more gun laws that only effect responsible gun owners. Criminals do not care about following the law. One major concern I have is getting illegal gun dealers off the streets where perpetrators can purchase automatic guns and commit these heinous crimes.”
In addition to the gun issue, Akins will fight for seniors concerning Medicare, Medicaid and prescription drugs, curbing illegal immigration, local economic development, protecting the environment, foreign policy that will put America first and real tax reform that will benefit middle class Americans.
“I have sat on the sidelines and complained about these, and many other issues I have that have set this country on a self-destructive course, now it is time I must give back and, with your assistance, get America back on track once again as the greatest country in the world.”
About Bill Akins
Bill was born May 12, 1949 at Williams Air Force Base, Chandler, Arizona, and went to high school in Mesa, Arizona. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in November, 1966 and did multiple tours in Vietnam in 1968-1969 and 1970 and 1972. Among his numerous awards are four Bronze Stars, one for “Heroism in Ground Combat.”
In 1976, he was honorably discharged and relocated to Dallas, Texas, working in retail management. He changed careers by starting his own business in the transportation field. In 2003 he moved to Florida, running his transportation business. He obtained a Masters Mariners License from the U.S. Coast Guard and operated a fishing charter boat. Akins sold his businesses in 2009 and, the following year, he moved to Port Charlotte.
He soon became involved with the with the Southwest Florida Vietnam Memorial Committee to construct a replica of the Vietnam Wall located in Laishley Park in Punta Gorda. As fundraising chairman, Akins raised $600,000t dollars to complete the project.
He is a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, Gulf Coast Chapter 1037, American Legion Post 110, and Delta Company, Vietnam Brotherhood. In 2016, he was inducted into the Military Heritage Museum’s Wall of Warriors.
He is affiliated with the Republican Party.