From an East Coast Father and a Minnesota Mother, Robert Williams was born in Fresno, CA in 1966. Robert is the fourth of five children.
His father was a doctor and Mother was a nurse, so Robert knew that there was a medical carrier in his future. Robert being the youngest of the boys learned right away that there was nothing he could do that his older siblings hadn’t already done; therefore, Robert was constantly in trouble. Robert learned right away that honesty was the best policy and that there are no short cuts in life.
Robert was a very ordinary child until his junior year in high school. At Bullard High, in Fresno, CA Robert joined the forensics team, (speech and debate), and excelled in this activity. Being a child of desegregation, Robert was bused across town to go to school, he took a bible as literature course that changed his life in ways he wouldn’t realize until later in his life.
Robert received a scholarship in forensics to Fresno City College and after two years Robert transferred to San Diego State University where he wrote for the Daily Aztec, as well as being in the speech and debate club.
Robert left college without graduating to take care of his Mother; so, leaving school he returned to Fresno where he landed becoming a CNA, and within a year graduated from a community program as an EMT.
Robert remained in the Fresno area until his Mother passed away, and moved to Torrance, CA to work for a 9-1-1 provider responding to medical aid and fire calls. While living in Los Angeles County Robert became interested in disaster response, and as this discipline began to become more common for EMS providers Robert was on the front line taking classes and getting as much training as he could, this was rewarded when in the early 2000’s he became a Strike Team leader.
In 2000 Robert became a continuing education provider to educate fellow EMT’s in the Southern California area. Robert went on to take train the trainer course through the National Association of EMS Educators. Introducing this organization to the private ambulance providers in Southern California.
In the 1990’s Robert recalled his love for the bible after taking that class in the ninth grade, Robert began studying online and became an ordained minister and over the years Robert has officiated over a dozen weddings, with instant notoriety when Robert officiated a valentine’s day wedding on live television.
Robert was the Associated Pastor of a small church in Anaheim, California for two years when the Senior Pastor made the decision to shut down the church. This was actually one of the best things that could have happened in Robert’s life. Robert was forced to find another church and through the direction of God, Robert landed at Cottonwood church in Los Alamitos, CA.
The church has a first aid team and of course, Robert gravitated to it and this group became the cornerstone of Robert’s life. As one of the churches EMT’s Robert attended numerous camps to provide first aid for the children and adults.
This experience led to Robert becoming a parent. Julia, Jenisea, Meghan, Victoria, and Abigail all allowed Robert to be a part of their personal lives and they formed their own little family. Robert has another daughter in Clovis, CA McKayla, and the Uncle to Tanner.
His oldest Michelle lives in Natrona Heights, and after the loss of her Mother, she asked Robert to move closer to her and the grandchildren; Madison, Ethan, and Uriah.
After looking at many boroughs Robert choose Cherry Tree in Burnside Township.
While in Anaheim Robert became involved in local politics, running for a City Council seat as well as Mayor. Robert didn’t win in the sense that he was an office holder, but these experiences taught Robert the value of community participation and how important it is to be active in one’s community.
Robert has embraced life in Cherry Tree, purchasing a home and raising chickens. Robert recently rescued a beautiful pit-bull mix from the Indiana Humane Society and Tank has found his forever home.
Learning the wants, needs, and desires of the communities that are the 15th Congressional district, Robert learned that there was no Democratic candidate to face off against the incumbent and connecting with the rural Democratic chairperson made the decision to throw the proverbial hat in the ring.
The needs of the community are many: from rebuilding the infrastructure of our district, to finding a better way to provide quality medical care to the residents. After twelve years our communities have been fed a great deal of promises but there has been no delivery of those promises.
For your voice to be heard the community must, ‘Do Something’. Robert is willing to take the plunge to ‘Do Something’, and Robert is asking each of you to ‘Do Something’. Join the campaign add your voice to the voices of reason and let’s ‘Do Something’ together.