Local voters weigh in on democratic nominees

Carlos Hernandez


Allie Paige

Bernie Sanders at his campaign rally held at the Spectrum Amphitheater at River Walk on Feb. 21, 2020.

Katie Goree, Contributing Reporter

  The race to the Democratic nominee for the president of the United States will be a battle of policies mixed with the abilities to win the support of young voters across America.  

  The fight for young voters has increased as the number of voting millennials has crept ever closer to the dominating baby boomers, who in 2016 showed up 70 million strong to vote according to the Pew Research Center website.  

  The 62 million eligible millennial voters are projected to surpass the baby-boom generation this election cycle, and are almost certain to match the voting power of the older generation.  

  The battle is making its way to Kern County as we get closer to Super Tuesday, which will decide the vote for the Democratic nominee. After Iowa and Nevada, Bernie Sanders has risen to first place. However, after Joe Biden’s win in South Carolina, the battle will be hard fought March 3. 

  On Super Tuesday, Sanders’ position seems strong, and the South Carolina win by Biden has resulted in two nominees’ officially announcing their exit from the race. Days before Super Tuesday, Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer dropped their bids for the presidency.  

  First time voters are eager to learn and find a policy and person to get behind. Their participation will be a learning process. Kaysee Campos is a first-time voter who has watched portions of the debates and wants to get out and vote this election. She has just reached the legal voting age and considers herself to be interested in the election.  

  “I’m not sure who I’m voting for yet, but I consider myself to be Democrat,” explained Campos.  

  Hugo Mayorga, a Guatemalan who has since gained citizenship and resides in Kern County, has been voting Democrat, along with his wife, in all races and policies ever since he could vote.  

  Mayorga came to America seeking asylum over 30 years ago. He has been a U.S. citizen for more than 20 years, and the right to vote and be active in the process is something he takes seriously. He knows the plight of immigrants and is unhappy with the way the country is being led and where the country might go.  

  When Mayorga is asked about why he votes the way he does, he says, “Whatever it takes to get him out.”