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County voters sound off on their election picks

October 29, 2000

County voters sound off on their election picks



By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer


Many Washington County residents say they'll vote for Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the Nov. 7 general election, while others don't plan to be anywhere near the polls.

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Of the nearly 30 people asked, 14 said Bush is their man, eight will vote for Vice President Al Gore, a Democrat, and six said they probably won't vote.

"It's a waste of time. They're all the same," said Lauren Hoffman, 33, of Hagerstown. "I haven't voted since I was 18. They'll promise the moon and nothing ever comes of it."

John Kelley, 49, of Hagerstown said he favors Bush's stance on education and thinks it's time for a change in the White House.

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"We've had eight years of Democratic rule, and now I'd like to see something else in," Kelley said. "I don't vote Republican all the time, but I like George W. He's friendlier."

Kelley said he made up his mind while watching the three presidential debates.

Here's what other Washington County residents had to say:

-Tom Kretzer, 27, Hagerstown: Plans to vote for Gore and thinks Bush will put too much emphasis on defense. "I just don't think Bush will meet the needs of the people."

-Dean Young, 78, Boonsboro: Will vote for Bush, stating his platform is better than Gore's. "It's a good time for a change. I like what Bush stands for. That's what I like better."

-Beverly Royce, 62, Hagerstown: "The way I feel now, I probably won't vote." Royce said she doesn't like any of the candidates and the debates didn't help make up her mind. "I watched some of the debates and I turned them right off." She also said she's unhappy with the overall government.

-John M. Rice, 50, Keedysville: Plans to vote for Bush. He said his mind was already made up before the debates. Rice also thinks it's time for a different political party to reign in the White House. "I don't want four more years of what we've already had, even though the economy is good." He said he agrees with Bush that the United States should tap into oil resources in Alaska so the country doesn't have to buy foreign oil. He also thinks there's no point in making any new laws on gun control, stating the current laws are often broken anyway.

-Anthony Yeager, 67, Hagerstown: Says he's going for Bush because he doesn't trust Gore.

-Lawrence Kaufmann, 62, Hagerstown: "I'd like to see Bush elected. I agree with his views, and I think he's a moral person." Kaufmann said he was undecided on who to vote for until he watched the first debate.

-Ken Lee, 43, Hagerstown: Lee said he's leaning toward Gore because he doesn't think Bush is qualified to be President.

-Robert Poole, 32, Hagerstown: "I don't think I'm going to vote. I still haven't been able to make up my mind. The more I hear about them, the less I like.

-Gerald Diehl, 76, Hagerstown: Plans to vote for Bush. "I never liked Clinton, and I never liked Gore. It's time for something different." Diehl said he doesn't think Gore can deliver on his campaign promises. He also said he favors Bush's backing of school vouchers.

-Evelyn Hull, 72, Hagerstown: "I get discouraged. I don't like either. I don't plan to vote. Nothing they say appeals to me."

-Chris Morris, 25, Halfway: "I'm plugging for Gore. I just don't think George W. Bush is in touch with the younger generation. I'm not so sure Gore is either, but I like him better. I think he knows what he's talking about."

-Joseph Gossard, 69, Hagerstown: Says he'll vote for Bush because he wants to see a change in the White House. Gossard said he doesn't favor either candidate's position on health care reform but thinks Bush is the more likable candidate.

-Mark Schlosser, 34, Hagerstown: "I have no idea who I'll vote for. Maybe I won't vote at all. I'm single, and none of them talk about how they'll help me."

-Joan Wiles, 47, Hagerstown: Said she'll vote for Gore because he appeared more knowledgeable in the debates. "I thought he stated his views clearly, and I think they relate more to me than Bush's. Based on that, I'm going for Gore."

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