Delaware family weighs its options for presidential election



A Delaware family we first introduced you to four years ago were definitely tuned into the 2016 Democratic National Convention this week.

In 2012, a local mother and daughter weighed the pros and cons between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Today, they shared their thoughts on both Hillary Clinton and republican candidate Donald Trump.

“I think our choices are definitely different and gives us a whole new light on diversity and our government,” Alisha Jones said.

Thirty-three year old Jones of Bear is faced with yet another important decision and that’s voting for the right person to lead the country.

“I’m optimistic about Hillary Clinton winning because she’s the best option for me right now,” Jones added.

Although Jones originally voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary, she’s now leaning more toward Clinton and she isn’t alone.

“I’m supporting Hillary Clinton because she seems to be giving us more insight to what her plans are and what her policies are going to be and the issues that she’s going to work on,” Crystal Portlock said.

Portlock likes to talk politics from time to time with her daughter Jones. The two are always tuned into the news and you can guess which candidate is not a favorite in this household.

“Donald Trump, it’s a no brainer, he’s not a rule follower,” Portlock said.

When WHYY met the Delaware duo, Jones was a college graduate struggling with her career and working on her independence.

“Things were not great. I had a job, but things kind of went on a stand still. I wasn’t able to move out of my parent’s house,” Jones said in a 2012 interview.

Today, Jones still lives with her mother, but is in a better position thanks to a job promotion. She attributes her success to President Obama.

“I think he solidified his presidency to being someone we will remember not because of his race but with what he’s done for citizens,” Jones said.

However, what Jones wanted to see accomplished, President Obama doesn’t have much more time in office to do.

“I kind of wish that there was more unification talk. I know that any violence is wrong, but I just don’t feel like there was a complete support for the people who are out there struggling every day, just trying to live their lives and getting brutalized by police,” Jones said.

As for Clinton, Jones explains why she feels the Democratic candidate is fit for the job.

“She’s been in the White House before not just as a first lady but as an official, a government official under the Obama administration. So I think she would definitely work out and to be the most qualified. Like Obama said, she is one of the most qualified to be president of the United States so I support that,” Jones said.

While it appears Jones and Portlock may have their minds set on Clinton, they understand many others are still struggling with their decision.

“Sometimes you get caught up in the hype, but you know you really have to think about what kind of feelings you have personally, what affects you most when it comes to what your president should do for you and your family,” Jones said.


Tune into First tonight at 5:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. to hear more from the Delaware family on this election season.

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