Nagatuck — Students at Tug Valley High School cast their ballots for the Gubernatorial Primary in a mock election held on Thursday May 12.
Civics teacher Garland Thompson sponsored this event because of the special primary election for governor slated for Saturday. The mock election program was sponsored by the Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI), a national civic education program.
On the Democratic side, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin won with 59 percent of the vote, while Natalie E.Tennant captured respectable 25 percent of the vote. Rick Thompson came in third with 9 percent, followed by John D. Perdue with 6 percent, and Jeffry V. Kessler rounding up the pack with 1 percent.
Over on the Republican side Bill Maloney won 44 percent, with Betty Ireland in a close second with 40 percent, Ralph William Clark came in third with 10 percent, and the other candidates didn’t register.
Student Body President T.J. Lucas said, “Voting is extremely important, and that is why we choose to participate in this extraordinary program. We want to stress the importance of exercising your voice and being involved in the political process. It was really exciting to see the students getting excited and ready to participate in democracy.”
The YLI Mock Election is an academic exercise. It is not a true random sample of public opinion among America's K-12 student population and is therefore not designed or
intended to be predictive of the general election. National and statewide are available on YLI’s website at www.youthleadership.net.