I'm not a politician, and that's a good thing!

At times I wonder what I'm doing throwing my hat into the ring like this. What's a pastor without any formal legal training doing bidding for a seat in the state house?

But I think that's the point. In our state legislature, we need normal people from all walks of life: pastors, farmers, businessmen, educators, whatever, to represent the people of our state. Experience at being a legislator is not a qualification for this office, although it might be a good thing for a governor or judge.

It will be a challenge for me to leave my church for a few months to fulfill this office, but I believe it to be a worthwhile act of service to my community. I expect one term will be enough. I'll be glad to pass the baton in a future election to another servant-hearted leader.