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'Really big step in my life': First Vote student Alan Angulo talks about his 2020 election experience

Posted at 6:07 AM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 07:07:56-05

The journey to Election Day 2020 is over for First Vote student Alan Angulo.

Like so many in Wisconsin, he voted early.

"It was pretty simple and straightforward," said Alan.

When we first met Alan back at Marquette High, he was initially drawn to Andrew Yang for his innovative problem-solving ideas. So, his final decision may surprise you.

"I did vote for Donald Trump," said Alan. "I think at the end of the day, I could have gone both ways. I don't think I feel strongly for either candidate, but I feel like, in this election, the pros outweigh the cons for Donald Trump."

The biology major at Marquette University liked former Vice President Biden's approach to climate change and going green but he says other key issues played into President Trump's favor.

"I'm more in favor of, I think, that the immigration policies that he's done are pretty sufficient," said Angulo. "And I think his gun control has been fine."

Growing up in Milwaukee's Hispanic community, Angulo says he noticed a lot of identity politics and he didn't like it.

"I've never really liked being used as just being Hispanic, like, you know, he's definitely going to vote this way or is going to go the other way because he's so and so."

Having said that - he doesn't think Biden's or Trump's campaigns really spoke to him as a first-time voter with a big future ahead of him.

But he did feel empowered by his First Vote.

"As a kid, you always see adults doing adult things right and voting has always been one of those things," said Alan. So, being able to become a voter has been a really big step in my life."

Alan is one of four 18-year old First Vote students TMJ4 followed all year.

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