Rev. Carey G. Anderson of First A.M.E. of Seattle (FAME) has announced that he is running for the seat vacated by State Rep. Jesse Johnson of the 30th District. Last week, Johnson announced that he will not be seeking re-election so that he could focus on his family.
In a statement, Johnson said, “”After careful consideration, I have decided to finish out my term through the end of the year and not seek re-election in 2022 so that I may focus on my family. As tough a decision as this was, I am at peace because family is what is most important to me and that is what needs my full attention the most right now.”
Anderson is the Senior Minister of First AME Church, where he has served since November 2004. Prior to his appointment at FAME, Anderson was Pastor of St. Paul AME Church in Wichita, Kansas, and Bethel AME Church in Reno, Nevada.
Anderson — who maintains his substance abuse counseling certification through the National Association for Addiction Professionals, his Program Administrator certification through the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and his teaching credential in the State of Nevada – is calling for the community’s prayers and support as he prepares to run for the seat vacated by Johnson.
“I solicit your prayers and support as I make this launch and develop all of my tools, platforms, campaign materials, and finalize my core team as I file the necessary papers as a candidate to be placed on the ballot for the primary elections in August,” says Anderson.
Addressing the community’s inquiries as to what prompted him to run, Anderson said that his desire to serve, his dedication, and spiritual responsibility to lead are what motivated him.
“Someone asked me, ‘Why do you want to run for political office,’” says Anderson. “My response was, ‘Because I am called to serve, led to lead, and dedicated to do the job that needs to be done!’”
“This is my calling, this is my conviction, Anderson continued. “This is my Commitment to serve our community.”
Anderson holds a B.A. Degree from California State University, Hayward; a Master of Divinity Degree from Pacific School of Religion Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA; and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, MO.
Anderson has been honored on several boards across the region and is the recipient of several community service awards. He is happily married to Mrs. Phyllis Gearring-Anderson, and together they have three adult children and three grandchildren.