Shay Hawkins watched former President Donald Trump endorse Max Miller in the race for the Republican nomination in a northeast Ohio congressional district — and he decided to run anyway.
Hawkins, who is black and wheelchair bound, is the president of a trade association that promotes opportunity zones. Hawkins also is a former aide to South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and former Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci, who is running for governor. Those credentials are plenty good, as is Hawkins’s personal story. But this is Ohio, where grassroots Republicans revere Trump, and the former president’s choice in this Cleveland-area seat is Miller, his former aide in the White House.
That’s a high political hurdle to leap. But Hawkins isn’t