Broward County’s Hardest Working Commissioner is Running for U.S. Congress

For nearly two decades, I have had the privilege and honor to serve this community as a political representative and public servant. As a life-long Democrat, I have used my connections, resources and local business office to support Democratic leaders, starting with organizing grassroots efforts for Jesse Jackson’s presidential bid in 1984. Since then, I have been a leader in campaigns for Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama. I have always had a passion for people and my community. This increased as I became more involved with our community’s challenges through my work as a realtor and businessman. I have used my voice to serve those who were underserved and those who wanted to see positive change through enhancing the principles of the Democratic Party and the American Dream of equality. 

My experience spans serving as City of Lauderhill Commissioner from 2004 to 2010 and Broward County District 9 Commissioner since 2010, including Broward County Vice-Mayor in 2019 and Broward County Mayor in 2020. I have a stellar record of accomplishments, consistently using my vote, voice, and advocacy for improved economic and business development policies, community growth, education and training, health care, housing, and business practices that focus on prosperity for all. ​​ This experience provided me with the expertise I needed to navigate the county during an extraordinarily challenging time of COVID-19 as mayor. Balancing health and safety against the socio-economic well-being of our residents required courage and making tough yet compassionate decisions when needed.    

Even with all that has been achieved through almost two decades of service, there is more to do to move our community, South Florida, our state, and our country forward. As a candidate for U.S. Congressional District FL-20, I will build upon my decades-long friend and mentor, Congressman Alcee Hastings, who endorsed me as his successor before he died from pancreatic cancer on April 6, 2021.

This decision to run for Congress is not one that I’ve taken lightly. I truly understand and appreciate the magnitude of the responsibility, expectation and privilege it would be to succeed, my dear friend. I pledge to continue to be the fighter and champion for the people of Florida’s 20th Congressional district just as I’ve been as a Lauderhill City Commissioner, Broward County Mayor and County Commissioner.

I will continue to be a staunch advocate for good-paying jobs, business development, improved homeownership, and shared prosperity by ensuring that federal dollars reach all communities. I will also broaden my platform for improving the relations and opportunities for businesses to sell goods and services beyond our borders to the rest of the world, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean. Importantly, as we continue to recover from the pandemic and address calls for social justice, we must protect social security, strengthen Medicare, and Medicaid programs, increase access to affordable education, healthcare, housing and protect voting rights. A vote for me is a commitment to “Prosperity for All.”

Please donate, volunteer or endorse me today at Holnessforcongress.com or come and visit us at our campaign headquarters at 4325 W. Sunrise Boulevard, Plantation, FL. 33313.

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