Pres­i­dent Trump on the minds of pri­mary vot­ers

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY - By WIL­LIAM KELLY

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was on the minds of many town vot­ers in Tues­day’s pri­mary even though his name wasn’t on the bal­lot.

Skira Wat­son, a North End res­i­dent vot­ing at St. Ed­ward Catholic Par­ish Hall, ex­pressed dis­may at the di­vi­sive and vit­ri­olic state of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics to­day.

The gu­ber­na­to­rial and sen­a­to­rial races were es­pe­cially im­por­tant to Wat­son, a “proud Repub­li­can” who felt Tues­day’s pri­mary was about keep­ing the state and country on the path blazed by Trump.

“I’m for tra­di­tional val­ues,” Wat­son said. “I pray for the pres­i­dent ev­ery morn­ing. He brought faith back.”

Turnout in Palm Beach ap­peared to be light dur­ing the early hours of Tues­day’s pri­mary, in which state vot­ers headed to the polls to se­lect nom­i­nees to re­place Repub­li­can Gov. Rick Scott. Vot­ers also are choos­ing nom­i­nees for two cabi­net po­si­tions and sev­eral con­gres­sional seats.

Allen Geesey, a South End res­i­dent vot­ing at the South Fire Sta­tion, also wanted to talk about Trump.

“I’m a con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­can,” he said. “I sup­port the pres­i­dent. I think the country is headed in the right di­rec­tion. I also like Rick Scott a lot. He’s a self-made mul­ti­mil­lion­aire. I’m also an­gry with the me­dia. I think it’s very bi­ased.”

Ken­neth Beale, a 65-year-old res­i­dent and re­cently re­tired at­tor­ney, voted at the Cen­tral Fire Sta­tion. The gu­ber­na­to­rial and ju­di­cial races were fore­most on his mind.

He said it’s im­por­tant to elect judges who put ser­vice to the country above self-in­ter­est.

Les­lie Slatkin, who voted at St. Ed’s, said there were sev­eral strong gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­dates, but she liked U.S. Rep. Gwen Gra­ham best.

“She is the strong­est on women’s rights and gun con­trol,” Slatkin said. “That’s what mat­tered most to me.”

Slatkin said she’s also con­cerned about the nasty turn po­lit­i­cal dis­course has taken in this country.

“I re­ally feel we need to change the an­i­mos­ity in our world,” she said.

Celebri­ties born on this day: Andy Rod­dick, 36; Lisa Ling, 45; Cameron Diaz, 46; Michael Chik­lis, 55.

Happy birth­day: Know what you are up against this year, and do the nec­es­sary ground­work that will pro­vide you with a clear pas­sage to bring about the changes that will make your life bet­ter. En­rich your knowl­edge and skills by look­ing to ex­perts and us­ing the best and most ef­fi­cient means to reach your set goals. Put emo­tions on the back burner. Your num­bers are 7, 15, 22, 28, 30, 37, 46.

Aries (March 21-April 19): Use your wit and charm to over­come any con­tro­versy you face. Get­ting along with your peers and friends will make it eas­ier to get the help you need to get things done on time. En­ergy and en­thu­si­asm are the an­swer, not anger. ★★★

Tau­rus (April 20-May

20): Dig in and take care of your re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. If you aren’t sure what to do, ask an ex­pert. Learn as you go and be open to change. Op­por­tu­nity will come your way if you are easy to get along with. ★★★

Gem­ini (May 21-June 20): Some­one will not be hon­est with you. Lis­ten and ask ques­tions; you’ll be able to de­ci­pher what’s fact and what’s fic­tion. Prob­lems

Eugenia Last

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