With mayor and council races on the ballot in Morgan City and a presidential race across the nation, it seems everyone holds an opinion on one matter or another that drives them to the polls.
At Pharr Chapel United Methodist Church in Morgan City, Marilyn Baker commented on the national election.
“We need some change. We need to go in a different direction.”
Baker said the nation needs jobs and more security. She said she is not following the local elections.
Patti K. Guidry said, “We need real change in the economy (nationally) and in Morgan City as well. … I’m a Republican, but I voted for Larry Bergeron because he’s a pillar in our community. He’s always been there for us.”
Al Castro, a New York native living in Morgan City, said he’s been fortunate to be able to follow this election more closely than any other in which he was previously eligible to vote.
Locally, he said, he feels the top issue is the economy.
“With a college education, I can’t find work in my profession and it’s been one year since I graduated.”
Nationally, “the price of going to college and learning a trade has gone up.” Also, the moratorium and the price of houses have affected the economy negatively, he said. Being from the north, he has seen the effects of both on multiple regions of the country, he added.
At the Morgan City High School voting precinct, Abbie Grizzaffi had a few choice words about the local elections as well.
“I don’t think they will change anything even though my nephew is running for mayor. We’re in a bad location.”
Nationally, he said, “We need a change bad. Obama has done nothing in the last four years.”
Cindy Michel, however, showed her support for local government.
“Personally, I believe the police department is an important thing. Tim Matte has been a good mayor, and he’s done a great job up until now. Some more business would be nice.”
Nationally, “We definitely need no more hope and change. We need real change. We need honesty.”
At the Patterson Public Library, Wiesha Baytop commented on the presidential election.
“It’s going to be tight,” she said. “I think Obama will win. The last four years have been rough, but look around. Lots of people are buying homes. People are finishing school and people have money to finish school who couldn’t before. Romney will give him a run for his money though,” she said.
William Baytop said the issues that brought him to the polls were the school board term limit local option election and Amendment 5 which asks whether public servants who are convicted of a felony during and related to their service should forfeit their public retirement benefits.
As for the presidential race, “things were messed up when Obama got in, so give him another half,” he said.
William Johnson Jr.’s thoughts on the presidential election were simple.
“Obama. That’s my views. Who else would you put in there? He’s been there, and he knows what to do.”