About Keith English
My name is Keith English, and I am running for State Representative in the 68th District. I have been a community leader and Florissant City Councilman for more than five years. I will utilize this experience and the perspective I’ve gained to bring fiscal responsibility to Missouri. I am the son of hard-working parents and the single father of three.
Growing up in Florissant, I was greatly shaped by my parents. From summers as a child raising money for muscular dystrophy (a value instilled in me by my mother, Linda) to make a difference to those in need, I learned the importance of community service at a very early age. From my dad’s careful and balanced view of the world, I learned to listen and consider both sides of a dispute. From his work ethic and my birth mother’s military dedication serving thirty-three years in the USAF, I learned the values and responsibilities of hard work and the important role the military plays in protecting our freedom. From my parents, I gained a sense of pride and what it means to live The American Dream.
As an electrician with IBEW and as a City Councilman, I understand that balancing the budget is a priority that Missouri families and businesses face every day. I believe it's time our government does the same. I know how to eliminate wasteful spending by auditing and streamlining government agencies as I work with a strong City Council to do just that. I’ll fight to take on the big banks and stop bail-outs while making sure every tax dollar given to them comes back to us.
In my professional life, I have tried to live the values modeled before me. Serving as Council President, I have strived for a more transparent local government by involving the community I serve. I began public work sessions with the Council for the betterment of our community. As Councilman of the 4th Ward, I developed programs that assist residents such as free recycling and a fall leaf pick-up. I am present and visible in the community, and the residents know I am always ready to work for them as well as side by side with them.
Looking at my youngest daughter as she begins to make important life decisions about school and a career, I realized that nothing is going to change without ordinary citizens standing up and fighting to regain OUR state. Nothing is going to change until we demand from our government the same common sense and decency we demand from ourselves. I realize that I can and need to work hard to ensure that our children are raised in the same great Missouri that we were and are afforded the same opportunities. Nothing makes you think harder about the direction of this country than raising children.
When I am elected, Missouri will see a fresh face with strong family values and principles. As a representative of the people, I will apply these principles to work for your best interests, not my own. Common problems can become more complex by the actions of government. I will attack each problem with common sense, and I invite you, the voter, to bring your ideas and concerns directly to me. I will be an integral part of the community. As most families are busy, it is common that the average citizen does not know who their State Representative is. I intend to change this.
When our founding fathers first dreamed of this nation, they did not envision a state filled with career politicians marching their way up the seniority ladder. They imagined citizens volunteering to take time from their lives to devote to the service of this great country. I believe in that tradition, and I pledge to make you a part of our government again. Allow me to be your voice!