Clayton attended Emory University in Atlanta before pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at Cornell University. During his last year at Cornell, Clay met an interesting fellow student named Kate Manthos. A U.S. citizen, Kate’s childhood was spent in London. Her American expat father met her mother in the U.K. when he was working there. Therefore, Kate and her sister grew up in London and attended the American School in London, which preceded Kate moving to the States to attend Cornell. Kate and Clayton met at the gym during Clay’s final year there. “It’s cheesy, but it just goes to show that exercise really is good for your heart!” Kate laughs.
Upon meeting at the gym, Clay confessed that he had seen Kate around campus, but she replied she had never noticed him. That was a great way to keep handsome 6-foot 5-inch man humble! Nonetheless, Clayton persevered and asked her out, and their love story commenced.
Once the pair finished at Cornell, they moved to Dallas where Clay attended SMU Law School. After he graduated, Kate and Clay moved back to Georgia and settled on beautiful Lookout Mountain where Clay studied for the Georgia bar exam. After passing the bar, Clay began his lifelong commitment to public service. He served as an Air Force officer and then returned to Lookout Mountain to serve as a prosecutor with the Lookout Mountain judicial circuit. During this time, Kate and Clay welcomed daughter Tallulah and son Callum. Tallulah is now a third grader at Fairyland Elementary School, while Callum is a feisty three-year-old who attends Good Shepherd School. Since becoming a mother, Kate has worked part time at home doing consulting work in the shipping industry. But now, after spending a year in D.C. with her family as Clayton was selected for the White House Fellows program, she has embarked on a new journey.
“Last August, after returning from our year in D.C. and having Callum begin preschool, Clay and I founded Atticus Impact Investing LLC, which is an investment firm dedicated to bringing prosperity and growth to Appalachian towns,” Kate said.
“After being a part of the White House Fellows program, I returned to Georgia even more determined to effect change and bring prosperity and growth to this area and the Appalachian region as a whole. Kate and I founded Atticus with that purpose in mind, but when Tom Graves announced his retirement, I was called to run for his seat and to use my drive to fight for North Georgia in Congress,” Clayton said.
As a lifelong conservative and Republican, Clayton said it was a true honor to have the opportunity to work in the White House last year.
“Because my assignment there was dual-hatted between the office of the vice president and the Department of Defense, I gained a unique perspective on both the political ins and outs of Washington, as well as top-level administration of a multi-billion dollar government agency,” Clayton explained.
When asked about which issues he is particularly passionate, Clayton responded, “Having grown up in North Georgia, I treasure our small towns. Their future success and prosperity is something near and dear to my heart. Over the years, meth and opioids have crippled our area and our nation. We now lose 70,000 people a year to this epidemic. Not to mention all of the unseen victims, whether that be orphans who lost their parents or innocent victims who are killed by those who are intoxicated. When I get to Washington, I will work to bring federal resources to help save and rehabilitate all who are affected by drug addiction. Ending the devastation caused by the flow of drugs into our communities is closely tied to one of my greatest motivators, which is bringing economic prosperity to North Georgia. I want to see this area thriving and benefiting from the economic boom that has already been lifting the coasts and cities for the past three years,” Clayton said.
In order to accomplish these goals, Clayton is running as a Republican to represent Georgia’s 14th District in the United States Congress. The 14th District is composed of 12 counties: Walker, Dade, Catoosa, Chattanooga, Murray, Polk, Haralson, Floyd, Paulding, Gordon, Pickens (partial), and Whitfield.
“As a United States Congressman, I will help President Trump stop illegal immigration, defend our Second Amendment rights, bring prosperity and growth to small town America, and protect the unborn,” Clayton said.
Lately, campaigning is taking most of the Fullers’ time. However, their number one priority is spending time together as a family. They love spending time outside in the yard, hiking in the woods, and practicing basketball and baseball. Kate loves to do crossword puzzles and run, while Clayton, also an avid runner, has a passion for martial arts. Georgia voters can be reassured that Clayton Fuller will do his best to represent the 14th District well. You can find more information about Clayton’s campaign at www.claytonfuller.com, or follow him on Facebook at Clayton Fuller for Congress, or on Twitter @ClayforGA14.
by Ann Henley Perry