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Carson makes presidential bid official

"Carson, 63, made it official on Monday – he is running for president. The retired neurosurgeon – who is also an author and speaker – has created an exploratory committee to run for president, according to the Associated Press.

While the Republican field has been filled with possible names, Carson is the first high-profile Republican candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential contest. According to AP, Carson is the only African-American expected to enter the race.

Carson, a devout Seventh-Day Adventist, spoke at Peachtree City Seventh-Day Adventist Church – located on Highway 34 in Coweta County – in May 2010. A number of Cowetans also heard Carson speak at the Southwest Christian Care Benefit Dinner and Auction Gala at the Georgia International Convention Center in 2013.

Carson told the story of his rise from poverty, growing up an angry boy in a single-parent home, in his 1996 autobiography, "Gifted Hands." He has since written two other books – "Think Big" and "The Big Picture."

Carson's mother was 13 years old when she married his father. She had only a third grade education, and the father abandoned the family when Carson was 8 years old. Sonja Carson took on two or more jobs at a time to care for her sons. She began observing the lifestyles of the families for whom she worked as a domestic employee. As a result, she began requiring her sons to read two books each week and to write book reports on them.

After Carson attacked another boy with a knife – the blade was deflected by the other boy's belt buckle – he realized he had to get his temper under control. The future doctor shut himself in the bathroom with a Bible and did not come out until he was sure God had taken control of his life – and his temper.

Cuba Gooding Jr. portrayed Carson in the 2009 TNT movie "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story.""

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