In their words: What brought voters to the polls
The Telegraph went to voting precincts Tuesday to talk to Macon and Bibb County voters. Heres a sampling of what they had to say.
Its my right, and its a privilege.
Cynthia Gilmore, who voted at River Edge Behavioral Health Center
You know, all politics to me are local. The best way to affect your community really is through voting locally. I vote nationally as well, but its important to me to vote locally.
Scott McCardel, who voted at North Macon Presbyterian Church
We needed change. We need someone to focus on the community, all the crime that is going on, and education. Education is the way to keep kids off the streets and give them something positive to do. So with school and different programs, just change the environment we have.
This is a new setup, and I read The Telegraphs articles on most of the candidates and tried to find one that I would find closest to the way I would think. I hate to say it, but I dont believe anything anybody says anymore. They say this is what they want to do, but they get in office and thats really not what happens. But I have to go on what they are saying at the time.
Well, No. 1, I think its extremely important to place your vote. As a citizen of this country, it is critical that we all have a voice, that we take seriously what our particular issues are in all elections, whether they be county or nationwide. I came out particularly to place my vote for the mayoral race. I think so far in this city that weve been headed in the right direction. I hope that can continue. I think its important to choose the candidate that has taken a strong stand on leading a city, being able to work with the other commissioners, the citizens, the police force, reducing crime and working on a good budget. Theyre all critical. Its not just one thing, its a whole patchwork -- making it all work together for a very prosperous, successful and safe city.
Caroline Abernathy, who voted at North Macon Presbyterian Church.
I want things to change. Pretty much just need for things to change. Im trying to make a difference.
Debra Deal, who voted at River Edge Behavioral Health Center
I wanted to make sure that the person I thought was best was elected.
Carol Todd, who voted at North Macon Presbyterian Church.
Voting is very important to do regardless of anything. Voting is important because your voice needs to be heard.
I always vote all the time, so I just wanted to put in my vote.
Well, to try to make a difference in the city of Macon.
Roland Stroud, who voted at River Edge Behavioral Health Center
-- Compiled by Conner Wood, Erica ONeal, Marin Guta and Jane Hammond with the Center for Collaborative Journalism and Telegraph writers Linda S. Morris and Phillip Ramati.