The Religious Affiliation of Michigan Politician and Boatyard Operator
Stephen Hume


In 1996 Stephen Hume ran unsuccessfully as the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 15th District. He lost to incumbent Carolyn Kilpatrick.

Stephen Hume is interesting in the way he answered the question about religious affiliation in his official candidate biography. Whereas nearly all candidates specify a specific religious denomination, and a small number simply don't answer, Hume was alone in the way he answered. In the "Religion" blank he said, "Believes in God." Of course, this makes the question of exactly what he believes and what his religious affiliation is all the more tantalizing and interesting.

From: "Congressional Races - Michigan District 15", in "All Politics" section of CNN.com website (http://cgi.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1996/candidates/election.guide/text/MI15.shtml; viewed 1 December 2005):

Stephen Hume (R)
District 15 (Parts of Detroit; Grosse Pointe; Hamtramck; River Rouge)
BORN: April 1, 1952, Detroit
EDUCATION: Wayne State U, 1972-74
FAMILY: Single
RELIGION: Believes in God
MILITARY: None
OCCUPATION: Boatyard operator
POLITICAL CAREER: Candidate for mayor of Detroit, 1985; candidate for city council, 1991; candidate for county clerk, 1993
Hume, an unorthodox Republican whose goal is to reform politics, has refused all monetary contributions to his campaign. He also says he would have voted against banning partial-birth abortions and supported Clinton's policy on gays in the military. Founder of Citizens for Fair Elections, Hume helped reform Detroit's election procedures and, with his Public Eye Video company, won the right to videotape Detroit government meetings.

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