About Keith Anderson
Listen to Keith explain his views on life and individual responsibility.
Born Keith William Anderson on May 28, 1981 in Portland, Maine to parents Ken and Nancy Anderson. From the time I first opened my eyes, I was a fighter and proud independent individual. Never asking for help, I would always tell my mother "I do myself." At the age of 4, I would spend hours drawing stick figure pictures and picking up white rocks in the front yard before walking around my neighborhood selling my goods for a quarter each; call me a natural free market entrepreneur. After high school, I attended Bryant University pursuing a degree in finance.
After my Junior year, I returned to Maine to work for the summer. On June 6, 2002, I was riding in a friend's truck after watching a Red Sox game when we were struck by a drunk driver. As a result of the accident, I became a quadriplegic. I lost the feeling and use of my lower extremeties and now have only limited use of my arms. Despite these "limitations," I returned to Bryant and received my degree.
After school, I took a job in sales working for a national mortgage lender. As a result of the hard work I put in, I was promoted to Branch Manager after only twelve months. At the same time, I started my own real estate practice buying and selling homes.
Despite my financial success, and partly because of the financial crisis, I decided to switch careers in an effort to pursue a cause bigger than myself. I enrolled in Providence College in 2008 and quickly earned my teaching certificate. Even though I could have received over a thousand dollars more a month receiving Disability, I chose to go work at East Providence High School as a History and Business Teacher. I made the decision to get married, I made the decision to have a child, it is my responsibility to care of my own family. With so many families struggling to put food on the table, keep clothes on the backs of their children, and to maintain a roof over their family's head; who am I to take money out of their pocket? I have never felt "entitled" to anything in my life, I've always believed that if you want something bad enough, you will work for it. My goal as a teacher is to motivate our youth to pursue their dreams and to stop at nothing when working towards their goals. My goal as an individual is to simply live life the only way I know how, fighting to better the life of my family through my own hard work, guts and determination.
As your representative in government, I will take my determination to Providence and will dedicate all my efforts to reinvigorating our citizens and state. I will stop at nothing to see that individual responsibility becomes the driving force in decision making again. I will strive to bring quality jobs to the state so that everyone has the opportunity to provide a quality life for their family. As has been the case with my entire life, when I set my mind to something, I stop at nothing till the goal is achieved.
I am supported in this venture by my wonderful wife and son, as well as the rest of my family, friends, and volunteers.
Inspiration is within us all
Paid for by Anderson For District 29 Committee