Donalds won the Leap for Liberty Candidates Forum straw poll with 61 percent of the vote, far ahead of the competition. Other candidates who participated in the forum were Gary Aubuchon, Joe Davidow, Chauncey Goss, Paige Kreegal, Brian Owens, Trey Radel and Jim Roach. The closest runner up in the straw poll received only 16 percent of the overall votes.
During the forum, each candidate was given an opportunity to state his position “for” or “against” key issues, and answer questions from the moderator and the audience. More than 500 community members attended, with 265 of them casting votes in the straw poll, indicating clear support for Donalds’ understanding of – and solutions for - the issues that matter most to voters.
“The people and the issues will decide our next Congressman - not money, not political insiders, and not special interests,” said Donalds. “I am humbled by this overwhelming support, and encouraged that my message of individual liberty and limited constitutional government has resonated with the citizens of Southwest Florida.”
This is Donalds’ second straw poll victory, following a win in March after he faced four of his opponents at a candidates forum in Marco Island. He has amassed financial and volunteer support from all over the country, earned the support of former presidential candidate Herman Cain, and has been endorsed by GOOOH (Get Out Of Our House), a non-partisan movement to elect citizen legislators, enact term limits and remove special interest influence.
About Byron Donalds
Byron Donalds is a constitutional conservative and Republican candidate for the 19th District U.S. House of Representatives. As a commercial credit officer in banking and a portfolio manager in financial services, Donalds’ primary focus has been providing additional certainty and reducing risk. He will use this experience to help solve the nation's current debt and spending problems. A longtime community activist, Donalds serves as a youth leader in his church, coaches Little League, and volunteers on various service and non-profit boards and committees in Southwest Florida. He serves as Chairman of the Board for Child Evangelism Fellowship of Collier County, and is a member of the Naples Tea Party Leadership Council. Donalds and his wife, Erika, have three sons and live in Naples, Florida. For information about Donalds’ campaign, go to www.ByronDonalds.com or connect with him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/