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Donald Boyd was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. While growing up, Donalds family worked hard to provide him with a better life. Donald was taught at an early age the importance of community, service and giving back. He learned some of his most valuable lessons while working at his great aunt’s, Betty Flonnoy, community center in the Glenville/Collinwood area.
During his time at the community center Donald served the area by giving toys and trees, during the Christmas season, to families in the neighborhood. In the summertime, Donald helped with the summer lunch program and taking the neighborhood children on feild trips. Working at the community center helped Donald understand the importance of service and education in order for a community to thrive. Donald didn’t know, but the seed of service was planted in him at Our Community Center.
The seed of service steered Donald to Pennsylvania Culinary Institute and later to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh to study Culinary Arts. Through his studies in Pittsburgh, Donald learned about many different cultures and the hidden delicacies of the world. With hardwork and dedication to his craft, Donald secured his role as one of Cleveland’s top chefs.
Donald returned to Cleveland and began his journey in starting his family. In 2006 Donald married his high school sweetheart Chanell, and together they have two children, Donald Jr. and Ivy. The Boyd family settled themselves in Ward 8.
Upon his return home, Donald took a back seat hoping leadership would turn around the decline Cleveland had been facing for many years. An increase in crime, gun violence, homes being abandoned, division amongst the youth and elderly, low minimum wages, lack of jobs was plaguing the city. As Cleveland Councilman for Ward 8, Donald will be the voice for the his people. Donald will fight tirelessly to develop programs that will enhance economic and educational advancement for our community.
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Chanell Boyd endorsed
“I endorse Donald Boyd because he represents a needed change for my community.”