CNN spoke Tuesday with primary election voters outside Jefferson High School at Shenandoah Junction in West Virginia, where voters were deciding between fiercely contested candidates. Republican Congress primary Between correspondents Alex Mooney and David McKenley.
Amid concerns about inflation and high gas prices, voters agreed that the debate over school board elections and the ideology of the critical race was at the top.
Melody Williams, who served on the Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee as an A.D. Representative for Charles Town And she was on the ballot on Tuesday, telling CNN she voted for Moni.
Asked which issues matter most in Tuesday’s race, Williams said “being a conservative; representing us locally here.”
“Alex Mooney is that person,” he said. “We need someone you know … to offset the Biden administration as much as possible,” said Williams, referring to President Joe Biden’s shortcomings in energy and economic policies.
“It’s really getting people in trouble. We’re talking about $ 5 gas,” Williams said of inflation and rising gas prices.
Williams said she appreciates that Moni “stands up for our gun rights” and is a “pro-life candidate.” Asked about Draft of Supreme Court opinion leaked. Williams said she did not think the final decision would be “as damaging as people think.”
He said that if Rowe vs. Wade is reversed, “it will only go to the states and then the states can decide how they want to do it in their particular state … which should be the case.”
A couple whose son attended Jefferson High School and was heavily involved told CNN that their focus on Tuesday was on the school board election, which included a critical race theory, or CRT, list. Which should be excluded from the classroom curriculum.
“I don’t think he needs to be taught in school,” said Stephanie Gianni, 54, of Harper’s Ferry, about CRT.
“It’s as low as it gets,” said Jim Gianni, 64, about the school board election. Jim told CNN he was “very concerned about the shape of our country right now,” and described the school board election as “a component that goes into the big picture.”
The couple, who said they had attended several school board meetings in the past, said they would like to “see.” [the school board] Old System.”
“We realize it can be an ungrateful thing at times, so at least we can come here and help them,” said Jim.
Still, for his part, Ramon Alvarez, 81, of Charles Town, said he was “strongly opposed” to those who want to end CRT.
Alvarez, who said the school board race was the driving force behind his election journey on Tuesday, believes the board “determines what kind of education our next generation will receive.” And he called his ideal curriculum “open.” Progressive “and” college bound “students will be encouraged.
Alvarez, who told CNN he cast his ballot for McKinley, called West Virginia Republican Jim Justice and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin-backed West Virginia Republicans “more progressive” and called his vote “Alex Moni.” Opposed “declared.
“I don’t think he’s from West Virginia, and I don’t think he’s from West Virginia,” Alvarez said of Mooney.
Although Alvarez praised Manchin for being “financially responsible” and thought he had done a “good job”, he said Manchin’s endorsement in the race did not affect his decision-making process. Did not play a role.
Similarly, Barbara Campbell, a 72-year-old retired teacher living in Charles Town, said education was the issue that made her run in Tuesday’s election. He said Campbell would like to see smaller sizes in the classroom, especially in elementary schools.
Although he did not say who he voted for, Campbell said high-profile endorsement in the congressional primary did not “really” play a role in his decision-making process and “neither here nor there.” ۔
Polling in West Virginia will close at 7:30 p.m. ET.