Female Clinton voter 'a little fearful but optimistic'

Unlike many women who proudly cast their votes for another woman they thought would become the first female president of the United States, Mrs MaryAnn Boyer, 59, was not entirely sold on that reasoning.
Unlike many women who proudly cast their votes for another woman they thought would become the first female president of the United States, Mrs MaryAnn Boyer, 59, was not entirely sold on that reasoning. ST PHOTO: PAUL ZACH

ROCKY RIVER (Ohio) • Unlike many women who proudly cast their votes for another woman they thought would become the first female president of the United States, Mrs MaryAnn Boyer, 59, was not entirely sold on that reasoning.

"Quite honestly, I wasn't a great fan of Hillary. I feel she had such baggage. Her ethics were a little challenged," she said. While she felt Mrs Hillary Clinton was a "significantly better" choice than Mr Donald Trump, she would have preferred another - current Vice-President Joe Biden.

With undergraduate and master's degrees in business from Cleveland State University, Mrs Boyer built her own business from scratch starting in 1992, as an accountant handling other people's taxes and finances. She has staffed it entirely with women.

Yet, of Mrs Clinton, she said: "I wouldn't vote for her just because she's a woman. I wouldn't vote against her because she's a woman. I've gone beyond that.

"A lot of people are very upset about (Clinton not winning). They thought it was going to happen but it didn't happen. That dashed a lot of people's hopes, certainly not mine."

Like many families, hers was a house divided. One of its six members voted for Mr Trump - her husband. "It was a vote against the status quo basically," she said.

Like half the country who did not vote for Mr Trump, she has concerns, especially about his Supreme Court justice appointment.

"I'm a little fearful, but optimistic. I've got no choice. I have to just go and live my life day to day. I hope God has a plan," she said, noting that she is a Roman Catholic.

"I can't walk around in gloom and doom."

Paul Zach

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 13, 2016, with the headline 'Female Clinton voter 'a little fearful but optimistic''. Print Edition | Subscribe