As voting begins, local elected officials mixed on who to support for president

Published 10:06 am Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sometime late this evening, or early Wednesday, the country will have a new president in the wake of a campaign some experts say has reached a new low for poor taste and politics and has left the nation seriously divided.

Candidates made their final pleas to the voters over the weekend and Monday, and some political ads continued Tuesday as voters began going to the polls to cast their ballots — some for Donald Trump, some for Hilary Clinton, and some, disenchanted with the whole system, casting write-in votes for other people out of frustration over the major party candidates.

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The voter’s dilemma is mirrored by the three members of Warren County’s legislative delegation, who have expressed their own thoughts on the election.

“I’ve got two children, 14 and 16, I think the next president of the United States (will) appoint the Supreme Court justices — could be as many as three. I know it’s going to be one,” said State Rep. Alex Monsour, R-Vicksburg, a Trump supporter. 

“It will shape the country and the laws for the next 40 to 50 years. I think that is the most important thing that hinges on who gets elected as president of the United States.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that Hilary will go after the Second Amendment, there is no doubt in my mind that the judges will be liberal or liberal-based thinking. I don’t think this country can take it.”

Monsour believes if the Democrats get in office they will “tax and spend and that is it. This country needs to go in another direction, where we bring back our industry and get this debt under control. If we don’t, it’s going to get bad for my children. That’s the way I look at it.”

“I’m definitely supporting Hilary Clinton,” State Rep. Oscar Denton, D-Vicksburg, said. “I believe she’s the best person for the job. She can serve the country better than any other candidate we have.”

State Sen. Briggs Hopson III, R-Vicksburg, shared the thoughts of many.

“I’m very disheartened about this whole election,” he said. “I’m disheartened about the way this election’s been carried on, and the way both candidates have handled themselves. That’s all I want to say.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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