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‘I’m not voting for his personality. He’s not a godly person or anything like that, but his policies are why I’m voting.’

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Burton Gates voting at Lewis Elkin Elementary School on Nov. 3, 2020. (Photo by Erin Blewett)

Burton Gates

Age: 49
Neighborhood: Kensington
Occupation: Pastor

Why are you voting?

Well, I grew up in America. My father was in the military 27 years, and I feel like it’s very important that we give our opinions on, so it’s a country for the people by the people. And so I’m hoping that stays like that. And so I’m voting for pro-life, freedom of religion, Israel, not funding Planned Parenthood, and for the things that the Bible says.

What presidential platform policies or issues are most important to you?

Yeah, [the presidential platform policies that are most important to me] would be Trump’s. So it’d be the pro-life. Yeah, those are the reasons. I’m not voting for his personality. He’s not a godly person or anything like that, but his policies are why I’m voting.


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