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Sussex Countian
  • Georgetown voters excited for presidential, state senate races

  • Many Georgetown voters headed to the polls early on Tuesday to cast their ballots in a myriad of political races from the presidential contest down to Sussex County Council.
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  • Many Georgetown voters headed to the polls early on Tuesday to cast their ballots in a myriad of political races from the presidential contest down to Sussex County Council.
    Several voters who showed up at Georgetown Elementary and Georgetown Middle before noon said they were most energized by the race at the top of the ticket.
    Those willing to discuss their votes, however, predominately said they were supporting Republican Mitt Romney over incumbent Democrat Barack Obama.
    "I feel like we need a change in government," Richard Horgan said of his support for the former Massachusetts governor. "I don't see a lot that's happened in the last four years."
    Jason Knipe said felt a personal connection to Romney that helped sway his vote.
    "I'm a business owner and he's a business owner," he said. "I think that experience makes him the person to get the economy back on track."
    Harry Aiken said he's a Democrat who voted nearly a straight ticket for Republican candidates, including Romney.
    "I'm a Kennedy Democrat," he said. "These Democrats running today just aren't the same … I think Romney's got a fresh slate and maybe his promises will be fulfilled, not like the other guy."
    Obama also had his fair share of supporters in Georgetown on Election Day, such as Mary Carey, who called the president the smartest of the two candidates.
    "I think he saved our country," she said. "I'm not saying his work is done but I think we should let him complete the job."
    Vaughn and Annie Parker also said they voted for Obama.
    "The other one doesn't do anything but lie," Vaughn said of Romney.
    Annie said she was turned off by the Romney video that was leaked in September in which the Republican could be heard to say it's not "my job" to win over the 47 percent of voters who do not pay federal income tax and are "dependent on government.
    "It seems like he is just for the rich and that's it," she said. "Obama hasn't had the time in office to straighten things out yet, and if we elect someone knew, they're going to have the same problem."
    The Parkers, however, switched over to a Republican when it came to electing a new state senator from District 19, perhaps the second biggest political race in Georgetown after the presidential contest.
    In that race, Republican Brian Pettyjohn is vying with Democrat Jane Hovington for the seat currently held by Republican Joe Booth.
    Booth lost the Republican primary to Eric Bodenweiser, who dropped out of the race last month, just before being charged with sexually abusing a boy between 1997 and 2000.
    Page 2 of 2 - Pettyjohn, the former Georgetown mayor who filed as a write-in candidate a few weeks before the charges against Bodenweiser was announced, was officially added as the Republican candidate last week.
    "We voted for Brian (Pettyjohn) because his dad is our neighbor," Vaughn said.
    "I like what he did for Georgetown when he was the mayor," Annie added. "I think he has the best interests of Sussex County at heart."
    Carey, meanwhile, said was backing fellow Democrat Jane Hovington in the state senate contest.
    "I support Jane Hovington because I know she's an advocate for children in several different venues," she said. "The youth are very important and I don't think they get enough help or resources."
    Other voters, like Republican David Holloway, said the Bodenweiser affair soured them on the state senate race, altogether.
    "The whole mess was a shame," Holloway said. "I don't know whether he's guilty or not, but I don't like how the Republicans handled it at all. So instead of voting Democrat, I decided not to vote in that race at all."
    One thing that both Republicans and Democrats were able to agree on Tuesday was that they're all looking forward to the election cycle finally coming to an end.
    "Enough is enough," Romney supporter Judy Mitchell said. "Now I'll such sit back and wait for the results and handle whatever comes forth."
    Obama supporter Sekou Oney agreed.
    "I just want it to be over," he said. "I'm looking forward to finding out who won so we can start moving forward."

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