to seek the 2nd District Bradley County School Board seat or maybe a city school board seat? My answer is to once again quote Sean Connery: "Never Say Never." But the real truth is: I would rather assist in running our family business and keep helping my friends in the faith-based community to make a difference in the lives of other people. It is my passion. But I do love the youth of this community and believe I can make a difference. But I don't need a title to make that difference, nor do you!
We will be moving our offices within the next three months to South Lee Highway (in front of Scott's Furniture next to the Bread Store) and expanding our church accounting business, Lawhorn & Company. In addition, EPPC Global Management, our non-profit continues to grow as we help organizations across the world. I knew I would always be involved in education and education reform. However, a decade ago I had no idea we would be involved in AIDS Research, Diabetes Research, Obesity Issues, Hunger, Foster Care, Returning Prisoners Ministries, Job Skills Development, Low Income Housing, Healthy Marriage, Anti-Pornography Research for Minors, Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation, Racial Reconciliation, Elder-Care or a host of other issues. I had no idea we would have written $152 million in grants or helped organization manage and evaluate these grants. I just knew that hard work and trust in God eventually pays off - if not here, then in eternity. So I have been blessed beyond my wildest dreams.
I have learned that political parties are important at times, but certainly not more important than the candidate who runs for office, and certainly less important than the people who are to be served. I have quit asking people what political party they belong to, and started asking people if they believe more government is the answer to the great issues of the day. I like to ask them if the faith and community organizations out here making a difference deserve a level playing field if they can demonstrate equal or better results. We need men and women of character to seek political office, we need less influence by special interest groups and the power of incumbency needs to be curbed--so I still embrace the concept of term limits.
Yes, soon I will be exiting stage left. But as a fifth generation Bradley County resident I will not wander too far off the reservation. It is a good time to be alive for people who still place value on truth and decency. I appreciate the many men and women who work quietly behind the scenes to help make Bradley County a better place. The people who rarely get their name mentioned, but without whom our lives would not be as good. For example, the many underpaid and underappreciated city and county employees. I look at the exceptional school systems we have, I see room for improvement, but deserved pride in their many accomplishments. I look at Lee University and Cleveland State and know we have great institutes of higher education. I look at the Greenway for example and I see a community moving forward, progress which is good for our community. I hope someone interesting will step up and take my place in 2009. Make an appointment and take your application by the People News today.
--J. C. Bowman is a public policy analyst who resides in Cleveland, TN..
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