I’m Richard Keatley, and I’m running for change in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.
Before I get into my discussions on the issues and my positions,
I want to talk about campaign finance.
In political campaigns all across America, the stifling effect of campaigns financed by – and too often won by – big corporations, secretive PACS, and powerful lobbyists, is shutting down true representative democracy. Here in our own Congressional District, we saw that a campaign that receives huge outside contributions can be accused by opponents of not being in touch with local issues; of being the puppet of external forces; and of being a creation of the national party apparatus. As is the case in so much of American political discourse these days, it doesn’t matter if it’s true. If they say it often enough, enough people will believe it.
We have to fundamentally change the way political candidates have to pay for their campaigns.
When I’m elected to Congress, I will make it a priority to partner with other progressive Members to re-write the Campaign Finance Laws to take our elections away from big corporations, secretive PACS, and powerful lobbyists.
Issues and Positions
Here is a high-level list of the issues I am focused on.
- Education to prepare us to prosper in a global economy.
- Jobs to provide a secure standard of living.
- Healthcare coverage to insure our medical needs and to protect us financially.
- National foresight and wisdom in an increasingly unstable world to address military, economic, environmental, and racial injustice and human rights challenges.
If you want to see a list of actions I will take in Congress on each of these issues, please look at my actions.
If you want the background on why I know these are crucial issues and more detail on how to address them, please look at the details.
Here are my thoughts on important issues facing Georgia's 6th District and things that are important to me on a personal level.
Education... It's Not Just for Jobs
Show Some Respect for Science
Stitching Up Holes in the Safety Net
To Go in Harm's Way
Jobs to Provide a Secure Standard of Living