Focusing on Issues for the Election

By: McKinsey Harris Email
By: McKinsey Harris Email

The gyms are empty, the lines are short and poll workers are waiting for people like James Ward who says he has to vote.

"It's an election, I'm a voter, it's my obligation to vote," says Ward.

Some voters, like Kenneth Douglas, have a reason.

"Really just to make sure that the best candidate from the Democratic side is on the ballot in November," says Douglas.

However, it's not just their civic duty that's bringing them to the polls. Voters have been listening to the candidates' positions on state and local issues but one issue stands out to some voters like Nancy Farrar.

"Overarching all of these, of course, is the economy because one issue affects all the others," says Farrar.

"Trying to come up with jobs plans that affect everyone. White collar, blue collar, and all of them. And help provide employment again," says voter Mike Gubser.

Because of the current economic slump, Ward says voters need to decide what state services are important and see how candidates will handle the budget.

"We need to decide as a people what services we want and what services we're willing to support, and then make the investment to support those services," adds Ward.

Having five colleges located in the area Farrar, a retired teacher, says she's concerned about education.

"I'm following what the candidates have to say about higher education and the need to increase the chance for state of Virginia residents to attend a public university in Virginia," says Farrar.

Voters say that these issues are not only important to them in the primary. They'll continue to look at how each candidate addresses the issues in the coming months.


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