Wise Beard Man on the ballot in Scientology's mecca? Mark Bunker on why he's running - 2019-06-18
We were on the road last week when Mark Bunker announced that he planned to run for office in Clearwater. We finally had a chance to catch up with him, and asked if he might give us some kind of statement about why he wants to run. We're very glad he responded with this message...
This is something that I have been thinking about since moving back to Clearwater at the end of 2013. In one of my earlier videos, I mentioned a possible run for mayor, but there are likely much better candidates for that. Before the last election, I actually started seriously thinking about running for city council but the timing wasn't right. For the 2020 race, I could see retirement as an option which would free me up to campaign.
Then, in the middle of this rumination, Leah Remini invited me back onto her Scientology and the Aftermath show for the two-parter on Clearwater. During the taping, we were talking about the city's stance toward Scientology. At one point Leah said, "If only someone local would run for office..." Then both Leah and Mike turned to me to finish the sentence "...MARK!"