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Rankin earned respect as NC House candidate

Posted on January 31, 2022

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One of the joys of public service is the massive amount of people you meet. As a serviceman, public educator, pastor and political candidate, I have been able to meet and befriend individuals and families from every ethnicity and walk of life. 

A sage once counseled me that, “small men walk in small socials circles and big men walk in large social circles.”

On the other hand, one of the privileges, responsibilities and burdens of public service is being closely tied to the tragedy and triumph of others. When our community members succeed, it can feel like we all are succeeding. Yet, when a community member is hurting, his or her pain seems to be transferred in a small way to ourselves. 

In my short professional career, there have only been a few times that the news made me feel like ice water had been poured into my blood. In 2010, one of my colleagues gave his life in Afghanistan. In 2012, I saw more flag-draped caskets depart the Helmand desert of Afghanistan than I care to think about.

Recently, I opened my email and began reading a letter from Mick Rankin. My heart sank as I realized the gravity of the situation he faced. Medical trauma or uncertainty is devastating, unnerving and unfortunate. 

While Mick and I were competitors for the Republican nomination to be a candidate for House District 24, I deeply respected his public service as a Navy officer and a candidate for HD 24 in 2020. To serve in the Navy and to run for office is a public service that is greatly needed and one that I highly appreciate. Competition is part of the American DNA, and I’m grateful for Mr. Rankin’s service again in 2022, even if only for a short while. 

Mr. Rankin, thank you for your service. My prayers are with you.

Ken Fontenot

Wilson

The writer is pastor of Bethel Baptist Church and a candidate in the Republican primary for N.C. House District 24.

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