'It's Hard To Vote Nowadays, Because You Really Can't Depend On Being Represented'
Gary Zimmerman
Beloit, WI

For Gary Zimmerman of Beloit, Wisconsin choosing a candidate in the 2016 presidential election was difficult. 

"My wife and I actually almost didn't vote at all," he said.

Zimmerman had been disappointed by former President Barack Obama, who he voted for. So he decided to cast a ballot for Donald Trump, hoping to see some change. But now, he's not so sure that change will ever come. 

"I was bamboozled by the Republicans, just as I was bamboozled by the Democrats the year before," he said. 

Zimmerman said the most important issues this election season have to do with his financial security as a retiree — programs like Medicare and Social Security. 

But even more important, he said, is "bringing our country back together again."

"I was bamboozled by the Republicans, just as I was bamboozled by the Democrats the year before," Beloit resident Gary Zimmerman said.

"Our country is very fractured right now and I'm not going to blame that on any one party or one person, but it needs to be corrected because we're on a slippery slope," he said. 

Zimmerman's frustration with elected officials also goes down to the state level.

"When Scott Walker pretty much decimated the unions, that hurt quite a bit," he said. "It hurt me financially, and I lost a lot of my rights as a union member, too."

Zimmerman was a public employee for 36 years, and worked in the water department for the City of Beloit. Although he voted for Walker, he protested against Act 10 in Madison. 

"I lost a lot of respect for the Republican party over that," he said, noting that he likely wouldn't have voted for Walker if he had outlined his plans for Act 10 during the campaign. 

Candidates not living up to campaign promises is still a frustration Zimmerman has today. 

"It's hard to vote nowadays, because you really can't depend on being represented for what you're being told during the campaign," he said. "That's why a lot of people are really fed up with voting." 

 

 

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