By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
HERNANDO – The clerks working in the DeSoto County Courthouse in Hernando say they have seen a lot of people coming in to register to vote in the upcoming election.
DeSoto County is by far the most populous county in the 1st Congressional District.
“We hear a lot about the economy and most people who come in here and register to vote are doing it for the presidential race,” said Marla Treadway, deputy circuit clerk.
“And they make sure to tell us,” added Elizabeth Graham, who is also a clerk in the office.
Treadway said most of them don’t mention or show interest in local elections. “They say they just want to be able to vote for a president.”
When anyone registers to vote in DeSoto County, it’s the women in the clerks office who hear about why they want to vote.
Circuit Clerk Dale Thompson said most people are concerned about the economy and jobs.
Deputy Clerk Evelyn Bearden agrees.
“We’re concerned about the economy. A lot of people have worked their whole lives and saved a little money and now they’re making half of a percent, if they’re lucky, on their money.”
Thompson said the economy is important, especially when people her age – nearing retirement – are concerned.
“I’ve got a little bit invested and it’s making nothing,” she said. “With that retirement I have when I get to be 65, I’ll be depending on Medicare – if it’s even going to be there.”
Bearden said she talks to a lot of people who are concerned about jobs as well.
“So many people are out of jobs and looking for work,” she said. “We’re looking at how they are going to improve the economy and what they’re going to do to bring some industry back to the United States. And you know what? I would like to know some specifics.”