Grace College graduate and former Grace Brethren missionary to the Central African Republic, Jim Hines, continues his run for governor’s office in the state of Michigan. He recently sat down with a reporter at Fox 17 Kalamazoo for an interview. A portion of that interview appears below. Click here to read the complete story and view the video. (The Michigan primary election is August 7.)
Get to know the candidates: Jim Hines
KALAMAZOO, Mich.– It wasn’t an easy decision for Dr. Jim Hines (R) to leave his medical practice and run for governor but he says it was a decision based on family.
Born in Warsaw, Indiana, Hines says he grew up on “the wrong side of the railroad tracks.”
“My parents were very, very poor. We maybe had a couple of books in the house and that was it.”
As the oldest of four siblings, he spent his summers working on the farm with his grandpa. When he was 15 years old and working at a pizza shop, he met his wife Martha. Today, they have seven sons and 16 grandkids.
“For me to run for office and to leave practice was a big deal,” Hines tells FOX 17.
Hines spent four years running mission hospitals in the Central African Republic and nearly 40 years practicing medicine. He says his decision to run for governor was based on three things, including when his fourth son Titus was running out of money and looking for a full time job with benefits to support his family and chose to go to Florida, not Michigan, to look for a job
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