First-time voters headed to polls during combative election season

These Springfield High School students hope the next presidential debate is more serious

Joey Santangelo and James Russo will be voting for the first time in the presidential election.

NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – For some first-time voters, Sunday night’s town hall debate didn’t help them make up their minds.

Adults aren’t the only ones who have serious concerns after seeing the presidential nominees deal one another low blows during the campaign.

James Russo and Joey Santangelo have several things in common. They’re both 18 years old and seniors at Springfield High School. But when it comes to the election, they’re not on the same page.

“I just know the right choice and I feel like Mr. Trump is too much of a dictator and says the wrong things. Just really doesn’t know what truly is going on,” Russo said.

Santangelo, however, isn’t so sure of his choice yet.

“I’m undecided because I don’t feel either of the presidential candidates are really fit for the job.”

Although Russo is backing Hillary Clinton, his first choice was Bernie Sanders.

“The fact that Hillary is a pro-union, pro-health care, pro-college tuition.”

Making college affordable is a big issue for him.

Santangelo still doesn’t know who he is voting for, but says neither candidate has said anything to help him make a decision. He is frustrated by what the candidates are arguing about.

“Everything is about what happened five years ago or the emails, there’s nothing,” he said. “For me, a big thing is veterans. Like, what’s going to happen for the people coming home from war.”

The second amendment and veterans’ issues are most important to Santangelo because he wants to be a Marine.

“I want someone who is going to be able to take care of not only me, but the person standing next to me who is fighting for our freedoms.”

He also wants answers abut defeating ISIS.

“How are you going to, what are the steps that’s going to lead to this?”

ISIS is an important issue for Megan Fagert, too.

“I need to see that things with ISIS and other countries is going to change because that could have a big impact on my future,” she said.

Fagert just made the age cut-off to vote, turning 18 the day before the election. She is thinking about voting for Trump, but says she’s still undecided.

She’s nervous about voting for the first time.

“The country is in those people’s hands,” Fagert said.

All three students say they will probably watch the next presidential debate, but hope that one is more serious.

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