Greenwood residents disillusioned with November race

Kelly and Shawn Wilkins

Eyewitness News is taking our Decision 2012 coverage on the road this year. Election Day is only eight weeks away, and we are going from town to town to find out what's on voters' minds.

Record numbers of voters who four years ago couldn't wait and voted early, this year can't wait for the election to be over with.

"I'll be glad when it's over. Then we can move on," said Dick Bowman.

Dick Bowman was among the Greenwood residents speaking out at the Eyewitness News town hall meeting last week.

"None of the candidates jump out at me that (have the effect of) 'this is who I really want to get behind,'" said Bowman.

The retired executive has a lot in common with Kelly Summers, a busy young mom with small children.

"I wish we had different candidates, to be honest," she said.

Shawn Wilkins, a blue collar worker, says he's disillusioned.

"I don't pay as much interest into it as I used to," he said.

Greenwood is a straight-talking conservative community. Excuses and finger pointing don't cut it here. People want answers and solutions.

On Main Street, the negative campaign ads aren't going over very well.

Joe Cassin is a career small businessman. He can't figure out who or how any candidate will fix the economy.

"Nobody's saying anything other than what the other guy isn't doing, instead of what they would like to do," he said.

The Wilkinses, a two-income middle class family of six, are feeling irrelevant and overlooked by the candidates

"They are all worried about the people making he most money. That's who they are after to get the votes," said Shawn.

"There is no middle class anymore. They've totally eliminated the middle class," said Kelly Wilkins.

Voter dissatisfaction apathy isn't likely limited to Greenwood. Statewide, voter registration efforts are recruiting only half as many new voters, as they did four years ago.