Voters have their say about issues, hopefuls

Voters and poll workers gather at the voting machines at Mount Gallant Elementary School in Rock Hill on Tuesday.
Voters and poll workers gather at the voting machines at Mount Gallant Elementary School in Rock Hill on Tuesday.

The Herald asked area voters what issues drove them to the polls and which candidates they supported. Here's what they had to say:

• "It's time we get people to take the government back over instead of the government taking the people over," said retiree David Padgett, 64, of Rock Hill, an advocate of term limits. Padgett said he voted for York County Council candidate Alex Haefele. "It's time for change, but not just change, the right change."

• Christalyn Daniel, a 39-year-old personal service representative from Rock Hill, said she cast her ballot for Montrio Belton in S.C. House District 49 and Leah Moody in S.C. Senate District 17. Of Belton, she said, "He's going to look out for prescriptions for seniors, and he's going to try to better education for our youth, and he's going to try to improve the neighborhood he's serving."

• "The main reason this time around I think is the County Council," Pat Flint, 65, of Rock Hill, who works in real estate, said about voting. "I don't think that we've had the leadership there. 'Pennies for Progress' is just a terrible mess, and I just think it's time we got some people on the council who really are business people who know what they're doing."

• "I just think it's important to vote in every election," said Alexis Chase, 27, of Rock Hill, a tax analyst. Chase said the York County coroner race especially interested her. She voted for Pete Skidmore. "I just thought his qualifications were better."

• "I just vote for the person ... people I know," said John Elliott, 86, of Chester. Elliott, a retiree, said he liked Chester County sheriff candidate Richard Smith and incumbent Robby Benson, but declined to reveal which one voted for. "They both do a dog-gone good job." • "The No. 1 issue is the economy," said George Guy Jr., a 47-year-old Chester resident and pastor of Ebenezer AME Zion Church in Smyrna. He said he's more interested in the state House and Senate races because those lawmakers have a say in funding for local government. "Everything is going up except salaries, wages."

• "It's a privilege to be able to vote," said Ursula Crosby, a 40-year-old Chester mother who teaches preschoolers in Edgemoor. She brought her 15-year-old daughter, Lundyn, to the polls. "I'm showing her the importance of voting."

• Development brought 42-year-old Laura Heider to the polls. The York hairstylist said local issues matter. She came out to support Tom Smith for York County Council. "I'm voting to make sure land development is done so it isn't overdeveloped," Heider said.

• "I'm an American citizen, and I love to exercise my right to vote without the police or troops influencing it," said 69-year-old Leo Cronin, a retiree who lives in unincorporated York County near York.

• Tega Cay residents Jack and Shirley Stephens said they vote in every election. "We show up to vote every time they open the polls," said Jack Stephens, 84. "See if we can't bring about some change." Shirley, 80, said they were a little disappointed so few people appeared on their ballots. "We voted for the Democrats, so we only had two choices to make," Jack said.