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Why are you voting in 2016? Tell KPCC in Santa Clarita on Tuesday (#CAcounts)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 7:00am - 1:00pm
Santa Clarita Swap Meet 22500 Soledad Canyon Road Santa Clarita, CA 91350 Map and directions

As part of our ongoing election year coverage and the California Counts collaboration, KPCC been asking community members – online and in person – about the issues that matter most to them and what’s inspiring them to vote in the 2016 presidential election. KPCC In Person and KPCC senior politics reporter Mary Plummer headed out to the Santa Clarita Swap Meet the morning of March 29, 2016, to meet more community members and hear from them.

The California Counts collaboration with KQED, KPBS and Capital Public Radio focuses on covering the 2016 elections and incorporates the thoughts and opinions of California voters, as well as what’s engaging them and getting them out to vote. 

Residents from Santa Clarita and the surrounding communities came by our booth to talk about the issues impacting them. Many shared concerns about safety and crime. One person expressed a desire for Santa Clarita to have its own police department.

Community members had a chance to record their thoughts on our mobile recording booth (affectionately known as “Big Mike” in our office). A couple of people shared their experiences with shifting political views and party affiliations. One person said his parents were lifelong Democrats, but said they now found themselves intending to vote for a Republican in this presidential election. Another person shared his growing frustration with the direction of the Republican Party; he said he was considering leaving the party and potentially voting Democratic this year.

Visitors to our booth were also invited to sit down with Plummer and record their conversations on the issues affecting them. The economy and job opportunities were recurring themes, especially for 21-year-old Santa Clarita resident Christian DeGuzman.

Thank you to the Santa Clarita Swap Meet and community for welcoming KPCC In Person. We hope to visit again and find our way to more of your communities soon.

Photo credit: Louis Felix/SCPR and Quincy Surasmith/SCPR