Waking up this morning felt quite awkward! For years I have been plagued by 5 simple words…”You have an old soul”! Being raised in the south (East Texas by the Trinity River) and having been influenced by my grandparents (both in their late 90′ s and have been married for 70 years) one could say that I’ve picked up some old habits, traits, mannerisms, and a love for “The Golden Girls!”.
Anyone who knows me knows that I have worked in many different capacities, in many different states, doing many different jobs. One thing that I learned early on though, was that it was hard for many people to take a young man so seriously, especially someone who has crammed what some would consider 20 years worth of work into my short lifespan. So, I made a decision! If anyone were to ask how old I was…I would state that I was 27 years old. I was okay with this, and it seemed to put some people at ease. Once we created a successful working relationship with each other, I would usually tell them how old I was…and they would be amazed. This was 5 years ago.
This Morning I woke up…and finally figured out what 27 years old felt like; and it feels pretty damn good! Scary…but good.
There are some things that I have learned in these 27 years, but one thing that I have learned for sure, and am learning more and more each day, is to trust my GUT! For years I second guessed what I felt would be right, or a proper choice, but for the last few years, I have made great personal strides by learning to trust my intuition…and I am a better person for it.
It is because of this experience that I make the following announcement:
I, Aaron L. Myers, II, former Mayoral Candidate, Obama Field Organizer, and Global Family Day National Director, formally announce my endorsement in support of Adrian Fenty for Mayor of Washington DC. Not only do I believe he has done a superb job during his tenure as mayor, but I am convinced that if given the opportunity, he will be able to see his initiative through to completion; and it is these initiatives that I believe will best serve the citizens in the District of Columbia.
Last night I had the privilege of attending a WIN (Washington Interfaith Network) candidate forum, where I had a chance to hear what each candidate had to say. It was at this forum last night, where Vincent Gray convinced me that he was not the man for the Job. Last night Vince Gray mentioned that he had stood before the organization many times, he also mentioned what he thought was going wrong in the District of Columbia. He even offered support for the initiatives for WIN. What he did NOT do, was show how his verbal support translated in tangible cooperation with the organization in the past. A gifted wordsmith, I am convinced that Vince Gray is a verbal candidate only, and that Adrian Fenty has a track record of proving that his actions match his rhetoric!
So as I celebrate my special day on today, and prepare for the Aaron L. Myers, II Gala on Saturday July 31st, where we will raise money for the Human Rights Campaign, I offer this endorsement to a good man, a proven leader, and the next Mayor of the District of Columbia, Adrian Fenty.