He attributed the early qualifying deadline and spiritual concerns as key factors in his decision.
“It kind of put me in a position to make a decision before I was ready to,” Luker said. “So my wife and our family have been praying about it, and we just feel like it’s not something we’re supposed to do. When I initially ran, we put a lot of prayer into it, and I knew that it was something I was supposed to be doing. Spiritually, I don’t know if whatever my purpose was in the office has been completed, but we’ve prayed about it and I really don’t feel like it’s something I’m supposed to continue to do.”
Reflecting on his four years of service, Luker analyzed his term as a whole by not pinpointing any specific accomplishments in his district.
“There were a lot of small victories in being able to help people get through the red tape that sometimes go along with government,” Luker said. “There’s so many to try and single any of those out along with some of our bigger accomplishments like getting some of the (Alabama Transportation and Rehabilitation Program) projects passed through by working with other county commissioners (and government officials). That’s just a huge benefit for the whole county.
“When I ran for office, I promised that I wouldn’t make any promises — I would keep my word and be a man of integrity,” Luker added. “Now I can lay my head down at night and know that I have done that. I may do some things differently if I could go back and do them, but I think I’ve made the best decisions for the people in my district.”
While Luker didn’t dismiss the possibility of running for office in the future, he stated he’s looking forward to making up for lost time with his family in the present.
“We have two young children,” Luker said. “My son Alex just turned 10 and my daughter is 4. It’s taken a lot of time away from my children and that’s one thing I kind of regret. A lot of times, they’ve wanted to do things and I’ve been on the phone or gone to meetings. I’ve missed different things, (and that’s time) I can’t get back. Honestly, I’m not willing to sacrifice any of those losses with my family at this point.”
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