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'Barack, champion for middle-class America'

Published:Wednesday | November 7, 2012

BROOKLYN, New York:"After many years of sitting on the sidelines and not being able to do anything, I was happy to go out today (Tuesday) and exercise my right to vote," says former Red Hills, St Andrew, native Christopher Passley. "I felt like I needed to let my voice be heard, and that's exactly what I did."

Passley says he voted for Barack Obama as he felt that the incumbent is a champion for middle-class America. "Obama has a wonderful vision which I share," explained Passley. "Health care reform is one of them, as well as his stance on women's rights, and equal pay for equal work. He's also helping with financial aid for students, issue in which I am in a spot of bother right now."

Passley, who currently resides in Forrest Hill, Queens, says his experience today is far different from his experience in Jamaica. "There is political die-heartedness here too, says Passley, but in America there is a different outlook on politics."

He expressed that he had some level of timidity when he needed to vote in Jamaica: "Yes, I went out and exercised my right, but the fear was there. Here nobody cares, you just go out vote, and everything is fine," notes Passley.

He admits to a feeling of accomplishment: "In both events I got the same feeling, a feeling that I did something for my country, and I will always remember that!"

-F.W.