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Elect 2012: Not many know candidates for U.S. House 5th District

By Emily Ford
eford@salisburypost.com
SALISBURY — Not many people voting at Isenberg Elementary School this morning in the Milford Hills City precinct had heard of either Elisabeth Motsinger or Bruce Peller.
The two Winston-Salem Democrats are running in the primary for the 5th U.S. House District and the chance to unseat Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx this fall.
“I will vote for one of them, I guess, but I don’t know who,” one voter said as he entered the school.
Thanks to redistricting, the 5th congressional district takes in part of Rowan County for the first time this year.
Voter Dayna Anderson said she’s afraid voters are uninformed not just about the 5th district but about other races and issues as well, including the constitutional amendment on marriage.
“People don’t make up their own mind,” Anderson said. “They let others decide for them. They are voting as uninformed voters.”
Anderson voted for Motsinger.
“I like her stand on the issues, and she seems to be an independent thinker,” said Anderson, who opposed the constitutional amendment.
Edna Watkins voted for Peller.
“I feel like he was the better choice to hopefully make something happen in this economy,” Watkins said.
If Peller wins today, Watkins said she thinks he stands a good chance of defeating Foxx this fall.
“He does, if he puts all his effort in it and if he can be the voice for the people,” she said.

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