The religious will frequently argue that an atheist is inappropriate as a government representative for various reasons (you need a moral compass, ad nauseum).
The village clerk came by my house Friday afternoon with the agenda for the meeting. This will be my first full meeting as a councilman on the Village Board. Let's take a look at the agenda, and see where a "Christian Viewpoint (tm)" would be of use (more follows):
Approve last month's minutes.
Emergency items (none).
Finance report for the Village.
Release of grant funds for improvements to the Village Hall.
Receipt of bids to deconstruct High School gymnasium. (It is falling apart.)
Planning commission vacancy.
Trim trees overhanging streets.
Post handicap parking signs at new Village Hall.
Window repair bid awarded.
Flag purchase for village park and hall. New park flag donated by me.
Emergency response plan needs updating.
Rug delivery to Village Hall.
Insurance coverage for new Village Hall.
Replacement of sewage lagoon fence. State requirements for fence compliance.
Yup. Only a Christian could fathom these inscrutable issues.
Though the vast majority of the village is Christian, they are also pragmatic. They would not set aside a candidate merely because of religious faith. They want someone who cares about civic life in the village, regardless of faith or lack thereof.
This fascinating array of items is what government is usually about at the local level. I am not sure how belief in a book of stories that cannot be confirmed would make any difference on how I would approach these critical topics. - James.