Murray, who considers himself not a "Pagan politican" but just a "politician who happens to be Pagan," told The Wild Hunt, "One of the great things about Charlottesville is that we have a long history of religious diversity (going back to Thomas Jefferson) and people here tend to value people on the merit of their ideas. Indeed, there have been many non-Pagans and public officials over the years that knew of my faith, and encouraged me to become more involved in politics and serving the public, because they valued my ideas and experience."
Murray added that he hopes his successful run will encourage other Pagans to get involved in politics at a local level. Currently, there are only a handful of openly Pagan politicians, including New York's Dan Halloran and Maine's Rita Moran.
I know that for me personally, on a local level I've been very involved with local grassroots movements and community politics, and although I'll probably never run for any kind of elected office, a lot of people have encouraged me to do so -- even though they know I'm Pagan. How many of you openly Pagan readers are involved in local government and politics to some degree?
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