Joel Demos, Pentecostal minister, is running against Keith Ellison


Keith Ellison has drawn another challenger for his seat in the 5th District: Joel Demos, the associate pastor at Christian Life Center in Golden Valley, a Pentecostal church. (Hat tip MinnIndy.)

We haven't been able to get Demos on the phone yet, but when senior pastor David Kent was asked this morning if Demos is running, he replied: "That is correct."

Here's two useful links in the meantime. The first is from the web site of Christian Life College in Stockton, Calif., from which Demos attended:

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10). True understanding is "the knowledge of the holy" (Proverbs 9:10). We believe all individuals must have a correct understanding of the Scriptures in order to integrate knowledge of any discipline. Therefore, Christian Life College seeks to provide an opportunity for the student to gain a broad understanding of the Word of God together with a depth of understanding concerning its message."

And this is from the "what we believe" section of his church's Web site:

"When the thousand years are finished, there shall be a resurrection of all the dead, who will be summoned before the great white throne for their final judgment, and all whose names are not found written in the Book of Life shall be cast into the lake of fire, burning with brimstone, which God hath prepared for the devil and his angels, Satan himself being cast in first (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:7, 15; 21:8)."

The 5th district has been in DFL hands since 1963. Barb White Davis, who ran as a Republican against Ellison in 2008, told Sue Jeffers on KTLK radio recently that she's seeking the Independence Party's endorsement this year to try again. Lawyer Lynn Torgerson is also running as an independent against Ellison.

Here's some video of White in action.