Labor Day kicks off campaign homestretch

There were Labor Day picnics around the region - a prime opportunity for candidates to shake hands and meet voters.

The annual King County Labor Day Picnic would not be complete without food, fliers, and, of course campaigning.

With two months to go, local and statewide candidates are trying to make their names known and break through a presidential race that's left some voters fatigued.

“It’s kinda messy; I feel like it’s a lot of noise,” said Helen Yip, who hasn’t begun researching statewide candidate.

Neither has Kelly Sanchez.  

“I haven't read anything on governors,” she said. “I feel like the presidential is so distracting.”

“It’s been ugly. A lot of people feel disconnected, don't want to register,” said Simone Terrell of the American Federation of Teachers, trying to sign up voters Monday.

“What I've been telling folks, ‘I agree with you, it's not the best one we've had, but let's focus on state elections, equally as important.’”

But the top of the ticket is hard to escape, even in Liberal leaning Seattle, where a Trump table set up shop next to the Labor picnic.

“Trump is the best on nationwide e-verify,” said supporter Craig Keller. “If you want to talk about helping workers and limiting the invasion of foreign workers.

“I talk to members who support Donald Trump,” said Larry Brown of the Aerospace Machinists Union.

While Brown and his national union both support Hillary Clinton, he says reaction among the rank and file is mixed.

“They see an economy that has not produced the kind of gains for them that it has for people at the very top. It's frustrating. They see international trade as part of that. They see unfair competition, an unlevel playing field,” explained Brown.

“Trump has, so far, divided this country,” commented Claude Burfect. “Trump has brought out what I consider the closet racists.”

A Trump supporter, picking up stickers from the booth near the picnic compared it to Brexit.

“With Brexit, if you voted for it, you were racist against immigrants. With Trump, if you vote for Trump, you're racist against everyone, but it's not true,” said a Trump supporter visiting from D.C.  

“Neither one is my favorite,” said 24-year-old Destiny De la Cruz who notes enthusiasm is down compared to the past cycle.

“Now I feel like it's just drama. It's who is the lesser of two evils.”

Copyright 2016 KING


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