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As the 2012 elections near, The Gazette is talking to voters to ask how they will cast their ballots and why.

“I feel like you can’t change the country overnight,” Tresha Mowatt said, explaining why she plans to vote for President Barack Obama in the coming election.

On the whole, the 18-year-old is happy with the way the president has done his job, she said.

“He had a lot of things to do. He’s done OK — Bin Laden, look how long we’ve been searching for him!”

Mowatt’s decision was based in part on her distrust of Mitt Romney and his inability to connect with the middle class.

“Romney, he’s not for the people. He grew up always having money. He doesn’t really know what all Americans go through.”

For many voters this year, the election is something of a referendum of the last four years, about whether or not their lives have improved.

“I believe my life has remained the same,” Mowatt said, but added that she thought that live had generally improved for people who initially lost their jobs four years.

Mowatt is a senior at Northwood High School in Silver Spring. She was held back a year when she came to the states from Jamaica, she said. Mowatt also takes business classes at Montgomery College. She plans to study business and law. She dreams of owning both a business and practicing law.

She’s excited to be voting. “I want to be heard!” she said.

The election will be her first. Mowatt immigrated to the U.S. in 2003, four years after her mother arrived stateside, she said. Mowatt became a citizen two years ago, receiving her U.S. passport in February, a fact she noted with a touch of both pride and sadness.

“I felt a litte sad I’m not a Jamaican citizen anymore,” she said.

She is in favor of the Dream Act. The current policies don’t make sense to her.

“If [people] are already in the country, why not let them stay?” she said. “Why not make the borders stronger instead?”

She hadn’t made up her mind about the congressional race.

She was for the gambling measure, arguing for a more pragmatic approach. “If they want go to, they’ll just go to another state,” she said. Given that, she said, “You should just put the money back into your own state.”

And while she doesn’t personally agree with same sex marriage, she said, “We’re all individuals. We can’t discriminate because they like members of the same sex. We’re all human. The same blood runs under our skin.”

For more voter profiles and information about the election, visit www.gazette.net/votersguide2012.

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