Wes Moss: Richard Keatley.
My name is Richard Keatley
. I'm running for change — change in the form and content of our political discourse.
I think like a lot of people here, I've been frustrated by the partisan bickering and the lack of concrete results.
I am not a politician, but I have always been a public servant. I spent seven years in the United States Navy as a naval officer serving my country, first on a surface warfare ship, and then in Naples, Italy.
In the Navy, I learned two lessons. One was of the strength of our nation's great diversity, and the other was the importance of America's role in the world as a force of stability and democracy, and I intend as a Congressman to defend those two principles.
As your Congressman, I would emphasize — for the past twelve years I've been an educator. I teach at Georgia State University. I teach Italian and French. I did my Ph.D., eventually, at Yale University.
I, as your Congressman, would concentrate on three things: education, national security, and the jobs of the future. I think these three aspects are the things that we most need to concentrate on in the sixth district and as a country.
And education, of course you know, our high schools are behind other schools in this country in Georgia, and the United States is behind other countries in the world. And we need that strong education to enable our democracy and our economy moving forward.
In the sixth district, I would create a jobs leadership task force involving the different communities that are now separate and try to work towards creating the jobs of the future.
Richard Keatley from Tucker, Georgia. Thanks.