“I’m looking for a leader who is not afraid to fight for our voices and who will not settle for the status quo,” says Peggy Choudhry, a county commissioner running for re-election in Osceola County, Florida. A lifelong Democrat, Choudry typically votes for candidates in her party. “I always want a Democratic candidate who is going to stand up for the people,” she says, “and make sure they follow what the people want.”
I recently spoke with Choudhry and other Florida voters who are keeping a close eye on the upcoming presidential election. On November 3, Republican President Donald J. Trump will face Democratic challenger Joseph R. Biden. Florida is considered a swing state, which means that both the Democratic and Republican candidate have a good chance of winning the state’s 29 electoral votes. The state has voted for the winner in 13 of the past 14 presidential elections.
Shasta Hacker, who cast her ballot for Trump in 2016, thinks the president deserves a second term in office because, she said, “he has done so much for the country.”