I have known Larry Keller
for over 12 years, including working under his
leadership for seven of those years.
is a man of uncompromising honor who puts others before himself and demonstrates integrity in all that he
not only helped Cheney Public Schools maintain their status during tough economic times, he
led it into the future.
I have had the opportunity to listen to Keller speak on several occasions.
Each time I am impressed with his
grasp of the issues the Spokane and West Plains areas face, and his
vision on how best to address those issues.
is definitely a leader for the people.
Let's elect a leader for us.
Vote for Larry Keller
for state representative, District 6
, Position 2.
I attended Larry Keller's
campaign kick-off in Cheney last week, and for the first time in a very long time I am excited about supporting a candidate.
Over the years I have become so disenchanted with our political system, including the incivility and the insincere "I'll-give-you-everything-you-want" promises that now characterize our election campaigns.
It is so refreshing to have somebody like Larry Keller
, who is a gentleman and a leader who knows how to get things done.
Larry has proven time and time again - in the face of difficult national security challenges as well as complex education issues - that he is the right leader for the job.
I encourage you to check out Larry Keller's
track record and join me in electing him as state representative.
Cheney School District Superintendent Larry Keller will challenge Rep.
Keller, who lives on Granite Lake Road in the West Plains, is set to retire from his job as Cheney's superintendent in June, but he plans to begin his campaign in earnest in the coming weeks.
filed as a Republican with the Public Disclosure Commission Monday, April 9.
In a phone interview Tuesday, Keller
decided to run for the 6th District position following news that redistricting would bring a large part of the West Plains into the 6th, which currently covers west and south Spokane.
"It's something I've thought about for quite awhile, but with the redistricting of the 6th district, specifically now that most of the West Plains will be in the sixth, I got to thinking about the growth out here," he
"I think we need a voice for Spokane and the West Plains.
We're becoming an economic force out here."
planned to base his
campaign on improving the state budgeting system, limiting cuts to education and promoting civility in the Legislature.
As Cheney schools superintendent, Keller often expressed frustration with the Legislature's cuts to K-12 education as well as budget delays.
Even now, he
said, the school district is waiting to draft a budget until after the Legislature acts on the state document.
"I just think we can do better," he
"I can do better.
was bothered by the ongoing cuts to both K-12 and higher education.
"I think for too long the Legislature has toyed with it too much," he
"Schools had to go so far as to sue the state and they're still toying with it."
Keller, 62, served in the Air Force for 28 years, retiring as vice wing commander at Fairchild in 1999 and entering a second career in public education administration.
He worked as superintendent of the Mansfield School District before coming to Cheney in 2008.
military experience would help him advocate for Fairchild
has never held public office, he
spoke to current and former elected officials about his
idea to run and received encouragement.
is currently working to organize supporters, develop a website and begin fundraising to support his
The Committee to Elect Larry Keller has already been formed.
encouraged citizens to contact him and "start the discussion" by calling 509-688-4349
Larry Keller, the superintendent of the Cheney School District, and Spokane attorney Jeff Holy will try to keep Rep.
Keller, 62, who once served as vice wing commander at Fairchild Air Force Base and became a teacher and school administrator after retiring from the service, was prepared to challenge Ahern, and said he'd stress education and a call for legislators to do a better job of working together.