Supporters of Clinton, Trump stump for candidates in Anne Arundel County

Posted at 5:47 PM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 18:08:19-05

Who says Democrats and Republicans can’t get along?

That wasn’t the case on Election Day at Annapolis High School, when Donald Trump supporters Carol Moyer and Bruce Ballantyne, and Hillary Clinton supporters Sandy Smolnicky and Jody Danek stood next to each other, waving signs in support of their candidates.

“Anyone who is out here in this nice weather telling people to vote is a friend of mine,” Smolnicky said.

Their views, they admitted, couldn’t be more different.

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“But we’re all going to have to work together,” said Ballantyne, who began stumping for Trump in earnest about a week ago.

He’s been waving signs on Crownsville Road and said the response was largely positive, including from women, which he added was surprising.

“I’ve gotten a lot of thumbs up,” he said. “I’ve also gotten a few people who put other digits up.”

Smolnicky donned a white outfit as a nod to what women suffragists wore while pushing for the right to vote.

“I’m very proud, very emotional,” she said of the possibility of the first woman president.

Danek has two daughters and said he is also excited about the idea that they could grow up to see a woman in office.

“She has the experience,” he said.

Regardless, he’s ready for the election to be over.

“We’ve had 16 months of ridiculousness,” he said.

A few miles up the road in Pasadena, Marty and Mary Reese were joined by their neighbors Chuck and Connie Baldwin and their children, Chad and Laurie Baldwin. All were waving signs in support of Trump at Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Co.

“The Clintons are so untrustworthy and corrupt. I put nothing past them,” Chuck Baldwin said.

His son was born at 25 weeks, weighing less than two pounds. They want a president with who will fight for the right to life.

“I think abortion is pure evil,” Laurie Baldwin said.

Marty Reese, an Anne Arundel County businessman, said he likes Trump’s vision for the future.

“He has a vision for what the country used to be, and what it could be again,” he said.  

Not everyone is supporting a major party candidate, however.

Before casting her vote at the Glen Burnie Regional Library, voter Janice McLean said she’s voting for change.

And for her, that means a third-party candidate, though she declined to say who she was voting for.

“I think it’s time for change, just in general, not only within the Republican or Democratic parties, but maybe from an outside party,” McLean said.  

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