President Trump on the minds of primary voters
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.
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