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Odessa, Texas – Dr. Richard Bartlett, a family doctor in West Texas, announced his candidacy for the open seat in Texas’ 11th Congressional District today at the Presidential Archives and Leadership Library.

Dr. Bartlett is a constitutional conservative who has dedicated his life to helping others. In addition to working as a family doctor, he volunteers for medical missions in some of the most dangerous and poorest countries around the world.

Dr. Bartlett was introduced by Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis who praised Bartlett as a good friend who is driven by faith, family and freedom.

In his announcement speech, Dr. Bartlett talked about big challenges facing our country, including the rising national debt, the broken healthcare system, illegal immigration, and a growing socialist threat. A proud conservative, Dr. Bartlett pledged to stand up to the career politicians in Washington and fight for the values that make America the greatest nation on Earth.

Dr. Bartlett’s announcement speech follows:

Before I get started, I could not be more proud of our first responders of Midland and Odessa. They risk their lives every day to serve our community. As an ER doctor, they have my full support and admiration.

I want to thank Congressman Mike Conaway who has served this district and this country with honor and integrity.

Today on U.S. Constitution Day, as a constitutional conservative, I, Richard Bartlett, announce my candidacy for U.S. Congress.

I pledge to you: I will staunchly defend the American principles of the Constitution: Individual liberty, limited government, rule of law, and faith in our Creator.

The scary thing is there are people in Congress who want to erase our history and replace it with a radical, socialist agenda that denies our American exceptionalism.

A battle is being waged in the halls of Congress, a struggle for the soul of America. It is designed to unravel the fabric of the Constitution and weaken the Home of the Brave.

This battle manifests itself on many fronts:

As a financial crisis with out-of-control national debt threatening our children and grandchildren

As a moral crisis with a blatant disregard for human life

As a national security crisis with indefensible borders that expose our citizens to terrorist attack

As a constitutional crisis with an effort to erode the Second Amendment

As a healthcare crisis with escalating costs of premiums and prescription medicines

These are big challenges. But I am a Texan, and Texans never shy away from a challenge. We run into the storm, eyes wide open, hearts full.

District 11 is my home, and I won’t sit on the sidelines and watch people try to destroy it. My purpose in life has been and always will be to serve others.

I have led medical missions to some of the poorest and most dangerous places on Earth. Iraq, Beirut, Egypt, Serbia, and China. I have seen that socialism and communism don’t work.

Here at home, my wife and I have adopted six children in five years from four countries.

I have served Odessa and Midland as a doctor for 30 years. I have stood up to the powerful, entrenched special interests without hesitation because it was the right thing to do.

At my clinic, my staff would gather to pray for our patients and each other. Protestants, Catholics and Jews in unity. When our First Amendment right to assemble and exercise religious freedom was attacked, I stood with Jay Sekulow’s office, and at great personal sacrifice defended our First Amendment right to pray in the workplace … and won!

Fifteen years ago, a bully HMO was denying my patients medicine and life-saving care, but I provided that care at my own expense because it was the right thing to do.

As a result of standing up for my patients, I was personally attacked, which cost me dearly. The State of Texas rallied to this cause and sued that same HMO because people were dying across the state. This led to a federal class action lawsuit on charges of racketeering in which the HMO settled for $440 million.

I stood up for my patients then because it was the right thing to do. You can be sure when I’m in Congress I’ll do the right thing and stand up for you.

The way I see it – we have two options. We give up or we stand up. I am standing up. I am choosing to run to the battle, to fight for what is right. Not to be a silent spectator, not to hunker down and hope the storm will pass as dangerous people push America over a cliff.

As JFK echoed, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

This battle, this cause, is bigger than one person; it will require all of us. It is a cause that will unite people from all walks of life, a cause that will rouse the unquenchable American spirit in all of us. I hope you will join me.

I am running to represent the good people of District 11 in Congress. Let’s stand united, one nation under God. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.

God bless America.

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