Wary and hopeful: Local millennials reflect on 2016 election

SAVANNAH, Ga. – There are officially two weeks until Election Day 2016.

The very thought of the finish line being in sight brought both a sigh of relief and twinkle of excitement to the faces of Carri Johnson, 26, and Antwan Lang, 23.

Johnson serves as the Communications Director for the Savannah Area Young Republicans. Lang serves as the regional area director for the Young Democrats of Georgia Southeast and is running for Soil and Water District Supervisor.

“The important thing for our age group is to get informed look at both candidates and really make an informed decision because we’re going to have to take over the good, bad and the ugly for whatever this election cycle brings,” Johnson said.

Lang has already completed early voting and Johnson say she plans on casting her vote early as well. While the two hail from different political parties, they both stressed the importance of similar issues like National Security and Student Loans.

“Vote for the issues that matter to you you don’t have to vote the party lines cause when you get down to it it really is about the issues,” Johnson said.

“Exactly,” Lang said.

The sit-down conversation between the two on Monday was filled with agreement and neither race their voices at each other during the nearly 15 minute conversation. A change of pace from the consistent back and forth heard from the presidential campaign.

“The majority of the political process is the mutual respect and the working together. and I hope that people understand  moving forward especially our generation” Johnson said.

The two understand the evident brokenness seen in the political system, especially among millennial voter who make up nearly a third of the voting electorate. Millennials are classified as those who were born between 1982-2002.

“You know just because you get angry at your spouse means you leave them just because. You try to work things out,” Lang said.

Part of working things include encouraging their peers to engage in the political process by voting and reminding them that November 8 is more than just voting for the next president.

“Look at your state races, look at your house races, mayoral elections whatever it may be because there definitely is an impact to be made on those levels,” Johnson said.

An impact they both say they feel a responsibility to play a part in, long after the dust of Election Day settles.


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