Bob Vander Plaats, who grew up in Sheldon is President & CEO of conservative organization The FAMiLY LEADER. Vander Plaats officially announced this weekend that he will not be entering the race for Iowa’s open Republican U.S. Senate seat.
In a prepared statement, Vander Plaats said that it had been a very challenging decision. He says he is very humbled and inspired by the Iowa and national leaders who prayed for and encouraged his candidacy. However, after dedicated time seeking clarity for this decision, Vander Plaats says he did not arrive at the personal peace needed to mount such a demanding campaign. He says the timing is not right for him, his family, or for The FAMiLY LEADER. In promising to thoroughly explore a potential candidacy, he says he was was upfront and transparent with all encouragers that he would not run if he believed a U.S. Senate campaign would compromise the message of his new book, If 7:14.
Vander Plaats says communicating the message of, and need for, spiritual revival, as he writes in the book, is his current passion and calling. He says the issues we face as a culture and the solutions to these issues are primarily spiritual, not political. To right the current cultural ship, Vander Plaats says we must turn our individual and collective hearts back to God and “to the full pursuit of His righteousness.”