by Gayle Lilliana Blakely, Editor-in-Chief
Democratic Committeeman and 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman and husband Richard Thale visited the voting polls at Truman College during the final hour before the polls closed tonight.
Cappleman and Thale both said they wanted to make sure the polls ran smoothly.
“Things seem to be running smoothly here,” said Thale after Cappleman explained how they had helped a woman in a wheelchair and a man find their way to the voting polls earlier tonight.
“Earlier today we made sure that all of our election judges had something to eat,” added Thale. “They really do … a lot of hard work. We want to make sure they are taken care of.”
Cappleman also said that the 2012 presidential election is important to him and husband Thale.
“I voted for Barack Obama. That was important for the two of us. We hope someday that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriage—and that can happen with Barack Obama. That cannot happen with (Mitt) Romney,” said Cappleman.
The alderman added, “But it’s not just for us; it’s not just Barack Obama’s recognition of same-sex marriage. It’s sustainable healthcare. It’s his recognitions of the entire world as someone who is a leader who acts in a very thoughtful manner. It’s someone who is a strong advocate for healthcare.”
Cappleman is confident that Obama will win this presidential election.