The Old Order Amish and their Mennonite brethren generally steer clear of civic involvement. In some areas it is not uncommon for Amish to volunteer on fire departments. And I am aware of some Amish that have been school board member in some locales. In Mexico, a Mennonite stirred controversy by running for public office a couple of years ago. Now in Ohio an Old Order Amish resident has been appointed to the Nelson Township Zoning Board in Portage County. Monroe Kuhns is believed to be the first Amish to hold public office in Portage County. There are some areas where the concentration of Amish living is dense enough – if they chose to use it – that they could wield real political clout. I doubt you’ll see an Amish running for Congress anytime soon, but…. never say never. Anyway, I think it’s neat to see the Amish civically engage on some level because I think many have great insights and ideas to offer. Click here to read about Portage County’ newest public official.