Donalds won the straw poll against eight opponents with 28% of the 275 total votes and 37% of the Republican votes cast at the forum. Nine District 19 candidates attended the “Leap to Liberty” forum at First Baptist Church of Cape Coral, seven of them Republicans, one a Democrat and one with no party affiliation. The public was invited to spend an hour meeting one-on-one with candidates prior to the forum, and each candidate was given time to respond to numerous questions during the program. About 350 community members attended.
Donalds previously won a Leap to Liberty candidates forum straw poll in Naples against seven of his opponents, with 61% of the vote, and a straw poll in Marco Island against four opponents, where he earned 60% of the votes.
“I continue to be appreciative and encouraged by the strong support I am receiving across the district, from Marco Island to Cape Coral,” said Donalds, who believes that his conservative position on key issues such as the economy, taxes and the proper role of the federal government are winning voters’ support. “People want solutions and clear vision, not politics and special interests, and that’s what I am offering. My straight-forward message of individual liberty and limited constitutional government resonates with people. I will continue to promote that message to the citizens of Southwest Florida and the nation.”
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 has 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. 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/