What Do You Want in Your Next President?
Reporter Kate Linthicum and photographer Matt Eich recently visited the important swing state of Ohio to ask people there how they feel about America and what they hope for in a president.
“I want them to be honest with the people and give the power back to the people. Rather than centralize all that power in Washington, spread that power back out.”
— Tim Howerter, 48, farmer
“I want my president to have religious values. I have very devout religious beliefs and ideas, and they need to have my same ideals. And I want a president who speaks their mind. I think that political incorrectness will win the next election.”
— Jon Waller, 29, homeless shelter worker
“Don’t just inspire me, show me. The United States is weaker than it’s ever been. It’s kind of spooky. We need a president who will be tougher.”
— Howard Gibson, 56, warehouse manager
“I want a leader who will make a commitment to not fuel hate. The race relations in this country are just getting so out of hand. It makes me really sad because I have a kid and he’s going to grow up with all of that stuff. I’m kind of hopeless, I guess.”
— Sharell Arocho, 36, information technology specialist
“I just want some common sense. Fairness, rationality and more focus on the middle class. A strong leader is sometimes knowing when not to step in. Be hesitant. Don’t be so anxious. Be smart enough to not jump into every conflict.”
— Valerie Hansen, 54, pet groomer
“Our system is broken. It’s one thing to have the vision, but it’s another to actually implement it by working with Congress and our two parties. We need somebody who’s innovative.”
— Rich-Joseph Facun, photographer
Matt Eich is a photographic essayist and portrait photographer born and based in Virginia. He holds a BS in Photojournalism from Ohio University and is currently pursuing his MFA in Photography from Hartford Art School.
Co-published with The Los Angeles Times.