The following is the opinion and analysis of the writer. Stahl Hamilton is a state senator:
With the legislative session well underway, I am struck by the chaos and cruelty imposed upon the people of our state. I am not surprised.
Pushing back against policy crafted out of fear intended to subvert and control was the impetus behind my advocacy work that eventually led me to run for office. It was never my desire to be a politician. My calling and vocation are rooted in another discipline: religion. And before I go any further, it is important to state that I am a staunch supporter of the separation of church and state. That is why I am probably the most surprised to find myself drawn to politics and felt compelled to run for office.