JEFFERSON CITY — The Bible says we should "select capable men from all the people — men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain — and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens."
Gregory Thompson, the Constitution Party candidate for governor, cites that quotation and says he fits the bill.
PERSONAL: 57. He is married to Cindy Thompson. They have 10 children.
PARTY AFFILIATION: Constitution Party
CAMPAIGN WEB SITE: gregorythompsonforgovernor.org
OCCUPATION: Minister for the Shake the Nation program
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in education from Missouri Valley College, master's degree in education from Central Missouri State University, doctorate in scriptural psychology from Faith Bible College.
BACKGROUND: Principal and superintendent of schools in Miami, Mo., from 1995 to 1998; owner of shipping business from 1992 to 1994; teacher, coach and athletics director at St. Peter's School from 1985 to 1989; Division 8 president of Locomotive Engineers, Illinois Central Gulf Railroad from 1974 to 1984.
"I do believe I will be such a man."
According to its Web site, the Constitution Party aims to limit federal governmental control to its constitutional boundaries and restore religious law.
Thompson, who became an ordained minister in 2005 and is the minister for the Shake the Nation program, said if he's elected, he wants to bring religion into state politics.
"We need to change back to a time when we had men who feared God and would lead by his wisdom," Thompson said. "We've had man's wisdom take us backward for so long."
Thompson served as a principal and superintendent of schools in Miami, Mo., from 1995 to 1998. He served as superintendent of Humansville School District from 1998 to 2004.
He was fired from his position as superintendent in Humansville after posting the Ten Commandments in school and holding a prayer during a Veterans Day program. He also refused to remove religious symbols from his office.
Thompson said he disagrees with the idea that voting outside the dominant two-party system is throwing away a vote. Instead, he said, supporting the dominant parties is an empty vote.
"You will indeed waste your vote if we continue to vote for those people," he said.
Thompson's Web site says he wants to protect all life, property rights and the right to bear arms and ensure marriage is recognized only between men and women. He said he wants to control wasteful spending and attract business to the state. He also supports parental choice in education and "affordable" alternative energy sources.
Thompson said the nation's Founding Fathers planned for the nation to obey God, people, state and then nation, but politicians have changed the order to put the federal government first.
"We've gone backward as a result," he said.