The voices of Americans before the 2016 election.
The 2016 presidential election was unlike any other election cycle. Both the candidates and the issues they put on the agenda seemed to divide the American nation. Criticism was shouted from one party to the other and back again, and chants at the rallies grew ever louder and headlines and news segments had to be constantly updated with the newest accusations yelled between the two candidates.
In the midst of all this turmoil and noise, America Divided gave somebody else a voice. Not to the loudest, the rowdiest or the most controversial. But to ordinary men and women in Kentucky so they would get a chance to have their voices heard before the election on the issue and reason they got out to vote.
The Cast of Characters:
Meet the Kentuckians and learn about the topics that's on their minds and close to their hearts.
Grant grew up on farms then continued on and around farms till his adult year. He currently is expanding his organic plant business where he grows and works for himself. He applies man with organic food. He believes that politicians need to stay out of the farm’s life and let them grow. To hear more of Grants perspective click here to jump to his interactive interview.
Omic is originally from Bosnia but has lived in Bowling Green, Kentucky for the past 9 years. She works in the Islamic Center of Bowling Green, which also functions as a mosque and a community center. She saw pros and cons to both candidates but felt that the language used by Clinton and Trump made the election tiring. She emphasized the importance of respecting the democratic process. Omic followed the election in general but was particularly focused on topics like immigration and Muslims. To hear more of Omic’s perspective click here to jump to her interactive interview.
Sherwood Davis is the owner of Sherwood an 18,000 square gun store based in Bowling green, KY. Davis is a conservative republican that voted for trump though he was not his first pick. He was passionate many issues but at the top were anti-illegal immigration, voter fraud and protecting the second amendment. To hear more of Davis perspective click here to jump to his interactive interview.
Sergeant Rafael Casas:
Casas is a Western Kentucky University police officer for 16 years and heads the criminal investigation units. Casas feels that politicians should stay away from making a statement against Police since officers are the first line of defense and often aren’t treated that way. To hear more of Casas perspective click here to jump to his interactive interview.
Dr. Mandy Ashley:
Pediatric dentist Dr. Mandy Ashley is the founder and owner of SKY Pediatric Dentistry in Bowling Green. She is also specialized in treatment of people with special health care needs and volunteers at the Commonwealth Health Free Clinic. As a healthcare professional, she has followed the debate about healthcare closely and strongly disagrees with the dismantling of Obamacare. To hear more of Dr.Ashley’s perspective click here to jump to her interactive interview.