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Meet Matt Knox

Matt Knox is a registered Republican from the Bronx. This 25-year-old law student encourages people to visit there for something other than Yankees games. Like the Democrats, he is still waiting for his party to name its real candidate and looks forward to discussing the issues this campaign season, particularly the economy, immigration and foreign affairs....

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Meet Dontré L. Conerly

Dontré L. Conerly is a Democrat concerned most about the abolition of the middle class. This 25-year-old journalist laments the fact that Americans now fear their government, which has effectively killed any sense of hope and idealism for change and new ideas. This country used to be governed by utilitarianism, now it benefits a select few. Oh, and he wants his stimulus check “tanow”...

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Meet Bilal Salahuddin

Bilal Salahuddin, 33, is still adjusting to his new nickname of “haji” endowed by his friends and colleagues at his construction firm. Originally from Pakistan, he feels he is a true product of the future, of what this world is becoming — multi-cultural, multi-lingual — and can see why Obama is a voice of the future that can be heard in the present. Bilal feels that people hate...

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Meet Erin Evenson

Erin Evenson is a 35-year-old, anxiety-ridden liberal living in Bay Ridge. The Midwestern daughter of a bohemian textile artist mother and a reformed conservative gun-toting Norwegian father, Erin was thoroughly confused in her youth and became an Independent, vegan, punk, Brit- and power-pop-adoring Hindu, only to realize in adulthood that she is truly a left-leaning, bacon-worshipping agnostic...

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Meet Jeff Akston

Jeff Akston is a 32-year-old atheist Libertarian who works on Wall Street. He’s still on the fence in regards to McCain/Obama since he doesn’t know which is more important to him in this election: Economic freedom of the Republican or social freedom of the Democrats....

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Meet Kimberly Reynolds

Kimberly Reynolds, 25 of Manhattan, keeps it a well-guarded secret that a perfect night to her involves a bottle of Coke Zero, Wi-Fi and political talk radio. This CPG broker and amateur politico has been a registered Democrat for seven years and is passionate about dissecting spin reported by mainstream media while also reporting on the stories nobody talks about outside of the “internets.”...

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Meet LaShawnda Jones

LaShawnda Jones, 32, has been a registered Democrat since reaching legal voting age; however she doesn’t care for labels and doesn’t necessarily toe the party line. In fact she’s considering registering as an Independent, but that’s just another label, too, isn’t it? Her ideal ballot would be an a la carte menu for candidate selection. Check McCain for heroic Service and...

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Meet Lynne Serpe

Lynne Serpe, 36 of Queens, is an avowed refashionista and mass transit junkie who combines a passion for the environment with a dislike of the two-party political system. She’s worked with the Green party around the world, specializing in voting system reform. She hopes to someday achieve “green goddess” status but fears a fluency in bitchcraft won’t count as a supernatural power....

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Meet David Freedlander

David Freedlander’s great weakness is horse race politics and weeps at the sight of people lining up to vote. Like H.L Mencken, he thinks a national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in. This 30-year-old reporter can be found hanging around City Hall most of the time, speculating on who is going to seek higher...

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Meet Emily Ngo

Emily Ngo, a 25-year-old news editor, acknowledges that media coverage of the ’08 presidential election is riddled with gossip-mongering, but loves, loves that so many people are interested. She likes to frustrate political analysts with loaded questions and leave masses of never-to-be returned messages with the campaigns. Oh well. This — the most exciting election of her young life —...

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