"It can be hard to put a year into words. A roller coaster of 365 days, some better than others. But it is important to reflect back before we set our sights forward to 2020 and beyond. For myself, 2019 was the most challenging year of my life, but also the most rewarding. There were times when I was left with many questions and few answers. But in those times there was only one decision to make. Collapse or keep pushing forward. This is a decision that many of us have to face on a daily basis and some days, when the walls are closing in, when you feel the pain of loss, the weight of debt or any of the burdens that many of us carry through this life, the choice is not easy. I’ve faced this decision many times in my young life. In business, in athletics, in relationships. But the only difference between myself and someone who has “failed” is that I chose to keep pushing forward. And if you’re struggling with this same decision, I’m here to tell you that there is strength inside of you. You may not feel it, but it’s there, it will see you through whatever trial you are currently facing and you will be even stronger tomorrow.
In 2019, my Non-Profit organization, Diamonds in the Rough, completed our first major project in Twinsburg Township. We were able to raise $160,000 to completely renovate the baseball field in their community park from a small patch of dirt and mud into a brand new beautiful ballpark. To see all of the smiling faces of The Twinsburg Heights community, as we unveiled the new ballpark, will forever be one of the proudest moments of my life and I cannot wait to see where my next project takes me. And as you know, in October I declared my candidacy to be Ohio’s 11th Congressional District’s Representative in the U.S. House. This decision was made after taking a hard look at my great District, which is among our Nation’s leaders in poverty, crime and lack of opportunity. I understood that a new wave of leaders needs to step up. Leaders that care deeply about individuals, who truly want to serve their community and who will fight for the very freedoms that make The United States the greatest Nation in the history of this earth. I have already spoken with hundreds of concerned voters across District 11 who feel abandoned by the democrat leadership that has failed them for 40 years. I cannot wait to hit the ground running in 2020 and carry my message of love, respect and individual freedom into the new decade.
Lastly, I would be remiss not to highlight some of the great strides our Country has made in 2019. Record low unemployment around our Nation including African Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Women. Median household income has hit its highest level ever recorded. First reduction in prescription drug costs in decades. Secured trade deals with Mexico and Canada as well as preliminary agreements with China. And most importantly, the average American is seeing more money in their paycheck. But despite living in possibly the best economy in world history and having relative peace abroad, we are still at each others throats. How can this be? What is driving our division? It feels that we have so little bringing us together. Few, if any, unifying beliefs or principles, along with the media and political leadership stoking the flames of division, has driven a wedge between us. If we are to move forward as a Nation, we must learn to love and respect one another regardless of our political affiliations. Only then will we find common ground.
I want to wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year and I pray God will bless your next decade with an abundance of joy!"