Navy veteran candidate for Congress wants to bring ‘America First’ to Trump’s home district in Florida

The Washington Times

As a first-generation American, Rod Dorilas spent his life believing in the power of opportunity.

The 30-year-old grew up watching his parents, originally from Haiti, go from picking crops in Florida to becoming small-business owners. At 17, he joined the U.S. Navy and went on to serve two tours in the Middle East and one in the Mediterranean.

Dorilas went on to attend law school with the aid of the G.I. Bill and secured a slot in the Trump administration, assisting the Commerce Department.

Now, Dorilas is vying to get elected to Congress, likely challenging Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel to represent southeast Florida’s 21st Congressional District, which houses Palm Beach.

“I’m trying to ensure that the American dream stays alive and well for all Americans,” Dorilas said in an interview with the Washington Examiner on Monday.

One way to restore and create opportunities for people is by bringing back former President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda, Dorilas said.

The Republican, who worked as a counsel in the Commerce Department from September 2020 through February of this year, said the foreign and domestic policy initiative, which sought to reduce U.S. intervention in global affairs, was one aspect of the job he loved most about working in the administration.

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