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Stafford voters share views

Rachel Clem voted at Drew Middle School in the afternoon, and says she has voted every year since the age of 18.

“It’s our responsibility,” she said.

About 30 percent of the precinct had cast ballots by 4:30 p.m., with a steady line of voters showing up throughout the day.

Clem, who grew up in the area, voted a primarily GOP line–except for governor. She chose Sarvis, as did her son.

“Truthfully, I’m not really excited about how things have been going lately,” she said, noting the economy and the rise in her health insurance rates. “I am terrified about my kids’ futures.”

As for local office, she said she voted Republican-leaning, but had no real views on those candidates.

Another voter who declined to give his name said he voted for all Republicans–but really wanted to vote everyone out.

Longtime county resident Willard Justice filled in the bubbles on the paper ballot for Democrats “because the Republicans are Tea Party folks.”

This was the most negative campaign he’d ever seen, and not once did he see a positive ad touting accomplishments.

“They’re the best of the worst,” Justice said about the Democratic candidates for state office. “We wanted to make sure Virginia stays on an even keel.”

Falmouth Board of Supervisor candidate Robert Belman, an independent, received his vote since he has known his father for a long time. Running mate Mark Kitta for School Board office was the only one to put a sign on his street, he added. And Del. Bill Howell is the “best in state.”