Last night, in Florida’s 19th Congressional District, Byron Donalds won the Republican nomination to run for United States Congress against Democrat Cindy Banyai. That upcoming race aside, Donalds should be an inspiration to all Americans.
Donalds is a Black man with conservative values who was raised in Brooklyn, New York by a single mom who sacrificed again and again to give him opportunities. As a younger man, though, he made a mistake. He was arrested for theft and drug possession. Then, Byron Donalds turned his whole life around. In 2002 he graduated Florida State University with bachelor of arts degrees in financing and marketing. He started a family, built a business and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2016. He focused his work at the state level on elder affairs, criminal justice reform, and working to allow every child in Florida access to a world-class education.
Now, as I noted, Donalds is the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress from Florida’s 19th District.
That’s quite a journey to have taken in life. It’s also quite an example for anyone who has ever encountered adversity, anyone who has ever made a mistake in life and anyone who hopes for a second chance to make a positive impact on the world.
Byron Donalds is still only 41-years-old. Just imagine how much he might achieve for others, despite being arrested.
Have you made a bad decision? Maybe more than one? Have you found yourself thinking you’d never be able to make up for it and make great things happen? Then, think, again. Think about Byron Donalds, who I predict will be elected to the U.S. Congress on November 3, 2020.
Dr. Keith Ablow