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Area residents talk about the importance of voting

November 05, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Ronald Belland, Leno Parhan and Ron Lytle.
Photos by Caleb Calhoun

Area residents who spoke with The Herald-Mail on Monday were consistent with what they thought it the most important race in this year’s election: the presidential race.

Hagerstown resident Ronald Belland, 77, was very specific: “I’d rather see one president appoint a supreme court justice,” he said. “The United States has become very polarized, and it seems to be equal between Democrats and Republicans. I think it’s the independents that are going to sway the election.”

Belland said he voted early in case of bad weather.

Others planned to vote Tuesday.

Ron Lytle, 58, of Hagerstown, said would vote early today and that jobs creation was the most important issue to him.

“Local and presidential elections are going to steer us in the right direction,” he said. “The statewide elections are important, but I don’t think we really have a lot of say in it because of the representation that we’ve been having for the last 30 or 40 years.”

Leno Parham, 49, of Hagerstown, was walking out of the Washington County Board of Elections on West Washington Street on Monday after finding out the location of his voting precinct when he talked about the importance of voting.

“As a black man, my people didn’t always have the privilege to vote, so I think it’s very important to vote,” he said. “I plan to vote at Hagerstown Community College.”

Parham said the presidential election was the most important election to him.

Boonsboro resident Charles Banks, 58, said the economy is the most important issue, and that is why the presidential race is the most important race.

“Everything in this country is driven by the economy, and when a policy is made at that high of a level, it goes all the way down to the people in the streets,” he said. “There’s a philosophical difference between the candidates, and the philosophies trickle down from the top.”

Randall Rotz, 64, of Chambersburg, Pa., said that as a businessman, the economy is the most important issue to him as well.

“I’ve seen the depressed markets and how it’s affected people’s spending,” he said. “We’ve got to start at the top and work our way down.”

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