Voters feeling election fatigue

Jerry Baker
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With Election Day just days away, Eyewitness News sought out a handful of voters across Marion County to gauge their mood.

While they may be supporting different candidates, Eyewitness News found one common theme - "we're ready for it to be over."

The city's far northwest side is surprisingly rural, with rolling farms and pastures. Jerry Baker has called the area home for 30 years. Baker is a metal smith who specializes in restoring vintage race cars. He considers himself an engaged citizen, but this election, he finds himself frustrated and disillusioned.

"I think there's too little understanding of the depth of the issues," Baker said. "People respond to and make decisions based on sound bites, on short-term superficial information."

While Baker knows all about "fixing" anything metal, he worries too many Americans expect a quick fix when it comes to the economy.

Baker said, "Promising to get the economy back to where it was is not realistic. I'm not sure it can be where it was. All that unreasonable debt people carried and the devaluation of homes and other things."

Just northwest of downtown, where vacant houses dot the urban landscape, the owners of Down Home Cookin worry about the many people still struggling to make ends meet.

"One of the main issues I've been hearing is basically jobs and Medicare if you're an older person, you know what I'm saying? Those things are very important," said Veola Thompson.

Veola and her husband Sam Thompson opened their family-run restaurant three and a half years ago. It's been tough. People don't have as much money to eat out.

"I'm at that age now where Medicare and Social Security are real important to me," said Sam. "There's a whole lot at stake, especially for young people coming along, those graduating college and those that have families."

On the city's south side, there's no shortage of clients at Glamour Pets, a grooming salon. Yet owners Gary and Katherine Bunch say small businesses like theirs are still getting clipped.

"It doesn't matter what they say. They could give small businesses a million dollars and it wouldn't do me any good. I'm still taxed on a personal basis," Gary said.

Katherine also thinks the "the welfare thing is important. I think they need to do something about it. Too many people are on welfare and food stamps now that don't really need it."

Regardless of how they felt about the issues, everyone said they had election fatigue.

"Aren't you sick of seeing the commercials?" Gary Bunch asked. "I don't care if it's a Democrat or Republican, both are going after each other rather than saying what they'll do."

Veola Thompson nodded, "Oh, it really has been dragging on, you know."

But as weary as they are, everyone had already voted or planned to.

As Baker said, "I think people need to demonstrate they're at least unhappy."

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