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Fox Valley voices: On the race for president

Richard Feuerborn

Richard Feuerborn

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Updated: December 5, 2012 6:37AM

“I already voted at city hall. I voted for Mitt Romney — the Republican. I haven’t always (voted Republican) but typically yes and most recently I have.”

Her most important issue is “building back the economy. I think the country is at a crossroads and the people running have different visions for the country. The person who wins will take the country in that direction.”

Bethany Malak, 42, of Elgin

“I haven’t already voted, and I feel like if I voted now, I would vote for Obama,” Burnett said.

His most important issue, Burnett said, is housing “if housing can be considered an issue … but the banks and dealing with housing foreclosures,” he added.

Burnett added that he doubts whoever wins can make long-term changes, because the next president will continue to deal with a poor economy. “There is so much to be done, they will just be doing damage control. That is all Obama has been able to do since he has been in office. He has to get back to the basics.”

Jeff Burnett, 38, of Elgin

“I have made up my mind … but I have not voted. I will vote for Obama,” she said.

Education is her most important topic “and health care would be my No. 2,” she said. “You need an education to get a job — that is the way it is going now. I am $76,000 in the hole and can’t find a job,” said the criminal justice major. “How do they expect me to pay back my student loan?, I don’t know.”

Obama’s promises to increase and protect Pell Grant funding is important to her, Butler said. “That all goes with your financial aid and reduces the amount you have to pay back for student loans. I want to be able to make a living … and I have four more years of school” to become an attorney, she added.

Samantha Butler, 24, of Chicago

“I have already voted for Romney. I am a believer of small government, and the current administration believes in more government — it’s getting out of control,” the retired park district employee said.

Richard Feuerborn of Batavia

“I think Obama has had a positive influence worldwide – he can’t change everything. He has helped to increase the job force and improve our standing with other countries. He is not hiding anything from us — he is an honest man,” said the stay-at-home mother of four children ages 7 to 10 months.

Tearra Spibey of Batavia

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