59, Palm City
Attorney and chairman, Friends of NRA Treasure Coast
I don’t like to think of myself as a single-issue voter, but I sort of am. The gun issue, and the Supreme Court issue, those are the most important things to me. Whoever is president is going to get some Supreme Court appointments and that’s going to affect us for the next 25 years. It’s not just gun laws. Do I want a Supreme Court that’s going to expand the federal government’s role in people’s lives, or reduce it and be more closely tied to the way the Constitution was written?
The federal government needs to back out of people’s lives. I see the Democrats and Republicans as two sides of the same coin. The Democrats want to tell me what to do with my money, the Republicans want to tell me what to do with my personal life. I think the government should build the roads, deliver the mail, defend the borders and leave me alone.
Sophomore economics major and campus Republican leader at Indian River State College; works at Buried Treasures Antiques in Sebastian
I don’t like class warfare. We’re all Americans. We grew up in Section 8 housing in the projects of the Bronx. We didn’t grow up with much, but we always had a sense of faith; we always had a sense of family.
Some of the kids I knew didn’t have as much. I grew up seeing politicians promise them stuff decade after decade … but they would still be in the same socioeconomic situation their parents and grandparents were in. That’s something I don’t like. I want to empower individuals through education.
Many of these kids don’t have dads, don’t have moms. Who knows, they could be the next Steve Jobs or Warren Buffett? Everybody has skills; everybody has something they’re good at. You have to inspire those individuals to find their talent, to succeed.
About this project
Treasure Coast Newspapers’ opinion journalists are interviewing people from across the Treasure Coast about the issues they care about this election year. The interviews have been edited for length and clarity.
Photographer | Molly Bartels
Writers | Rich Campbell, Gil Smart, Anthony Westbury, Laurence Reisman, Lisa Broadt
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Editors | Eve Samples, Louise Phillipine
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