I have been told that I don’t look like a politician. In truth, I never planned to be one. My brother and I were the last of three sets of twins and three singles in our family. We lived on an 80-acre farm near Odon, IN. We were poor in money, but rich in love. As a teen, I worked on farms, in feed mills, and on building sites, learning early the value of work.
After high school, I worked nights full-time in bank data management through nine years of college and seminary. During those years I married Glenda, and we had two children.
In 1980, after six joyous years of parish ministry in the Christian Church, we decided to become full-time parents and live more simply. We home-schooled our children and worked part time to meet our financial needs. Along with our children, we learned that happiness is not being rich, but rather having enough and loving each other.
Our children became wonderful adults and in 1995 Glenda and I moved onto 42 acres in “Sweet” Owen County. We built a three-room cabin, and I drove trucks full time for several years to pay the bills.
In 2001, I returned to the ministry at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington until I retired in 2014. Some of my ideas have changed over the years, but my commitment to the values of my childhood – faith, love and justice – remain the same. Glenda and I will soon celebrate 47 years together, and consider our-selves to be most fortunate.
I now ask to be your representative. I believe working class folks need a voice in the General Assembly, and I believe the government should stay our of our private lives and work for the common good of all people.
Thank you for your consideration.
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