By Rhiannon Bulaga
A sunny, cool Wednesday afternoon drove employees of Camden City Hall and citizens of the city alike outside to enjoy their lunch hour. A slight breeze rolled through the trees, few cars buzzed by and the conversation all around was on the same topic– the 2016 Presidential Election.
As in any public place these days, one could walk around and listen to individual conversations and hear topics rapidly shift from daily work troubles to the election without much indication.
On November 3, with the 2016 Presidential Election hurtling toward the finish line, many people fear the worst come Wednesday morning. Others are hopeful, but one thing remains the same across the board; this election will make history.
“I think history will remember this election as a handbook of what not to do,” said Camden City Hall Welfare office employee, Liz J. “Trump especially got in it for the fun of it and it just got away from him. No one can control him, his ego just gets the better of him. If he wins the presidency, we are heading toward trouble.”
Liz, 73, said that she remembers when elections were still something to be excited for, something that meant a good, new chapter in American history.
“I remember how excited I was to vote for [John F.] Kennedy in 1960,” she said. “My first election, can you believe it? A man with such grace and dignity. And now we have Trump. Shameful.”
Jones went on to say that she hopes, for the sake of the country, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton becomes the 45th President of the United States.
Others in the area think the reverse of Jones’ prediction, stating that Donald Trump is the safer choice for president.
“I just think he’s doing all of this bullsh*t for show, to get people to level with him,” said Randy Kelly, 32. “He’s being real. Not saying I agree with him at all, but he’s being real. I just can’t trust Hillary Rodham Clinton, I know her investigations come up with nothing, but she seems really venomous.”
Kelly, who voted for President Barack Obama in 2012, says he feels let down by the last four years and wants change.
“I’m not a republican and I’m not really a democrat either, more independent. But Trump is adaptable like me, and that’s why I think he’ll do a good job,” he said.
With many opinions laying in favor of both candidates, some people see a brighter future ahead in terms of the way American politics is orchestrated.
“This year, we saw a lot of mistakes, a lot of turmoil, a lot of talk on things that weren’t important,” said Camden City Hall security guard, Zachary W. “Going from here, we’ll see much more stringent operations. Now that we’ve had to deal with someone like Trump, I think we’ll be able to deal with anything.”