SYRACUSE, N.Y. (DiA) – Voters braved through cold temperatures in the 40’s and strong winds to come vote at the Armond Magnarelli Community Center in northern Syracuse.
It’s a local election year but people still came out looking to inspire change with their votes.
(It’s) helping the country go along the way you want it to go,” Judith McDonald, a voter of 50 years, said. “If you just sit back and do nothing, we’re in trouble.”
Andrew Washington JR has been an election supervisor for nine years and involved in local politics since he was 16. He says he’s been inspired by elections since he was even younger than that.
“Our pioneers who started the cause gave their life to it,” Washington said. “It was up to my generation and the generation after me to keep the process going.”
Washington points to historic candidates in this year’s mayoral race like incumbent Ben Walsh, an independent, and democratic nominee Khalid Bey, as reasons for why he is so inspired by American elections.
“Through my years I have seen great developments have taken place because of this change,” Washington said.