Monday, July 24, 2006


Vance Cheek - On His Faith

The Kingsport Times-News has a story today on the faith of the 1st Congressional District's candidates. I know I am a bit biased after my endorsement for this race, but I appreciated the candid response by Vance Cheek, Jr.:

Republican Vance Cheek Jr., Johnson City's former mayor, also wasn't judgmental about Davis' TV ad.

"I do not believe that anybody has a copyright or trademark on being a Christian or conservative," Cheek noted. "If a candidate is into labels and wants to use that, that is their business."

Cheek, who gets around on a motorized cart, stressed his faith has lifted him up in dealing with a bone condition called osteogenesis imperfecta.

"I have literally been written off many, many times healthwise, particularly as a child," Cheek related. "I think it's great that I have a larger purpose in life win, lose or draw (in the congressional campaign). I have believed in John 9, verses 1 through 3 when Christ has brought to him a blind man and they ask him ‘Who sinned to make this man blind - his father or mother?' Christ said ‘Neither sinned. He was this way.' And then of course he is healed by the mud Christ puts on his eyes and told to go forward. I've always felt I did know my purpose in life."


If anyone can decipher Richard Roberts' comments in that story, please feel free to translate in the comments section of this post.

Vance Cheek's faith (and his determination to persevere) are impressive indeed. The man deserves consideration for any political office based on that alone.

Moreso, those of us who has a disability and turn around and get involved in politics tend to be hardened in whatever ideology we hold, because all our life we've had to fight.
Dave -

I admit that I had my doubts about Vance when he first asked for my endorsement in 2004.

It is safe to say that I have been converted 100%. I simply feel that Vance would be the best person to send to Washington to represent the 1st District. Others may tout their fundraising prowess or list of endorsements, but it seems that Vance is beholden to no one except the voters, and that's the way it is supposed to be.


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