Keith grew up on a small farm in rural Pennsylvania where he learned a strong work ethic. When he was 18, he joined the Army as an airborne infantryman stationed at Fort Lewis for three years. When he was discharged from the Army he enrolled at the University of Washington, and during his freshman year at college he was hired by the Seattle Police Department. After finishing the academy, he went back to school and graduated with a BS in Psychology.

Keith spent the first 15 years of his career as a patrol officer, and was promoted to Sergeant. He was assigned to the 911 center, and stayed there for four years, part of the time as the second in command of over 100 employees. Keith returned to patrol as a Sergeant for a few years. After that he was promoted to Lieutenant and spent two tours as a watch commander. He oversaw a section of the city and had 50 officers and Sergeants working with him. In between his two stints as a watch commander, he was second in command of the training unit. In 2017 he was promoted to Captain and worked as the Night Duty Commander (the highest-ranking officer in the city at night) Keith currently is the commander of the Metro Special Response Section (SWAT, Harbor Patrol, Canine Unit, Arson Bomb Squad)

Over his years on the force, Keith trained officers around the country in de-escalation and crisis intervention. His time as an officer has taught him how to communicate with diverse communities, how to make life-or-death decisions quickly and how to manage efficiently.

Keith has been asked, “What makes you qualified?” His reply: “That is the problem with how we think. I meet all of the qualifications set forth in the Constitution. I am over twenty-five years old, I’ve been a citizen for more than seven years (actually, 51 years), and I live in Washington state. Those are the requirements. I’m actually even qualified to be President of the United States.” In addition to the Constitutional qualifications, Keith has proven himself to be an effective leader who has had to think outside-the-box and find solutions to challenges many of us will never face.

Our founders wanted citizen legislators, meaning they go do the work of the people for a period of time and then come back home to their personal businesses/lives. “That is my intention. Politics will never be my career, but I believe for a time I can make a positive difference for the people in the 8th District,” says Keith.

If elected, Keith’s focus will be on overhauling the broken immigration process, improving border security, including the completion of a border wall, providing tax relief, reducing spending and the deficit, expanding energy independence and protecting all of the rights laid out in the Constitution.

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