Western Suburbs

Neighborhood Support Leads Voters To Break Party Ties

By Kaitlin Pearson, BDJ 364.01

Published on November 8, 2016

Neighbors of John Katko out supporting him on election day. (C) Kaitlin Pearson 2016

Camillus, N.Y. voter speaks about her support for her neighbor Republican congressional candidate John Katko even though she typically votes democrat.

Camillus, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – The Camillus Fire Station polling place on Tuesday was busy with cars coming in and out as voters practiced their right to vote. However, across the street, neighbors of Republican congressional candidate John Katko were out to show their support more vocally.

Showing up at 5 a.m. with their coffee, donuts, American flags, and Katko signs in tow, a neighborhood gathered together to support their neighbor and friend. Waving and smiling at the beeping cars that drove past, their confidence and support for one of their own was blossoming. Michenzi Marzano grew up just a few doors down from the candidate. She says with all the local involvement the town has really come alive this election.

This is the first time in a long time that this many people have been so interested in the election and politics in general. And it’s important! We’ve gotten a lot of thumbs up and beeps and that’s important to support our neighbor. – Michenzi Marzano

A typically democratic voter, Marzano said that having a personal connection with one of the candidates impacted her voting choices, even if that meant going against her typical party affiliation especially with his more central views.

He’s a good guy. He’s a family guy and he is not afraid to vote against his party which I think is really important in a candidate. – Michenzi Marzano

The feeling amongst the crowed was unanimous, no matter what party they belonged to, supporting someone from their community who they know and trust meant much more than any political party.

I would just have to say more on a personal level with John Katko in our neighborhood it has been really cool knowing a congressman. – Michenzi Marzano

John Katko is running against democrat Colleen Deacon. The supporters said that no matter what the result is of this election, supporting their neighbor means more than anything else.

Voting sign at the Camillus Fire Station (C) Kaitlin Pearson 2016