As the 2012 elections near, The Gazette is talking to voters to ask how they will cast their ballots and why.
Lawn signs adorn many of the houses along Brickyard Road in Potomac, most with the slogan “Save our neighborhood!”
Sitting outside Ellen Chandler’s house, though, is one touting Romney and Ryan.
Life has worsened over Barack Obama’s four years as president, she said. A self-described “stay-at-home mom,” Chandler, 50, said her family has put itself on a budget, stopped traveling or going on vacations and “for the first time, my husband is giving me trouble about going back to work.”
She has two daughters in college and a son in high school.
“I prefer to be at home and raise my kids, especially with my husband who works very long hours.”
Chandler said her family has felt the pinch more with her daughters in college, and the economy’s effect on her husband’s employer, which has impacted his yearly bonuses.
The country’s job and fiscal deficits are the most pressing issue for Chandler, whose husband works as a banker, she said.
She and her husband “don’t believe in spending that you don’t have,” she said, adding that she thought the current situation is not sustainable.
But “Romney’s record speaks for itself,” she said.
“He’s been given a gift, and wants to give back. His track record shows he can do a lot of what the country needs.”
Chandler said she would vote for same-sex marriage, citing her experience with gay friends and relatives.
“I don’t know if I can judge that situation,” she said.
“When they are with their partners they are as committed as me and my husband.”
Chandler will vote against the measure to give in-state tuition to students who are illegal immigrants, she said, because resources are scarce as it is and should go to legal residents.
“Where do you make it an incentive to become legal if they get in-state tuition when they’re illegal? That doesn’t make any sense to me.”
“There has to be a line drawn to what we start doing,” she said.
Question 7 — the gambling measure — was another hot-button issue for her. Chandler said that her past experience with County Executive Isiah Leggett’s (D) handling of the Brickyard controversy (a land dispute over whether or not to lease county land to a nonprofit soccer company, evicting a farmer who has leased the land for the last three decades in the process) made her distrust his support of the gambling measure.
After researching the issue on her own, she said she doubted the money would actually go to schools or the state as has been stated, and that legalized gambling can create a “really nasty habit” that can negatively affect people’s lives.
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