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Angeni Curtis, 25, has lived in Cambridge for eight years and works in IT. She said she voted for Bernie Sanders because he is radical and “is willing to push the window far enough to the other side that maybe we can actually make some positive change in this country.” Curtis said she voted for Sanders in the 2016 Massachusetts primary as well. Photo by Lauryn Allen / BU News Service Damien Martin, 26, is a graduate Student at MIT and has lived in Davis Square for three years. Martin voted for Bernie Sanders – primarily because of his stances on campaign finance and climate change. Photo by Lauryn Allen / BU News Service David Conrad, 38, is a massage therapist who has lived in Davis Square for two years. Conrad said he voted for Elizabeth Warren because he thinks “she’s going to shake people up, do things that the country needs and put a stop to the current administration.” Photo by Lauryn Allen / BU News Service Jean Santos, 29, is an engineer who lives in East Somerville and has been a resident of the area since grade school. In the primary, he voted for Elizabeth Warren because he wants someone who cares about people’s day to day lives. “I am looking for a combination of experience and somebody who knows how government works,” he said. “I care about values or goals that can really impact a person’s day to day life, which influenced my vote,” he said. Photo by Katie Hartford / BU News Service Marjorie Gere, 40, a musician and teacher, has lived in Somerville’s Ward 1 for almost 10 years. When discussing what she looks for in a candidate, she said she voted for Elizabeth Warren because she wants “someone who is compassionate but has a lot of intelligence and experience.” Photo by Katie Hartford / BU News Service Tim Sanchez, 37, is a scientist entrepreneur who currently lives in East Somerville and has been a resident of the area for 14 years. In an interview on Super Tuesday, he said that he cares about social equality and the politicians who advocate for it. “I care about justice, the well-being of humans, policies that are equitable,” he said. “Sanders is who I voted for because inequality is a terrible problem, he has been very consistent for decades and his policies reflect a genuine concern for the well-being of humans.” Photo by Katie Hartford / BU News Service Lilly Nathan, 24, is a photographer who has lived in Davis Square for three years. Nathan voted for Bernie Sanders because she agrees with a lot of his policies. She thinks that even if he does not accomplish everything he wants to accomplish while in office, he will help kickstart a lot of initiatives. Nathan said wage inequality and the wealth gap in particular informed her voting decision. Photo by Lauryn Allen / BU News Service Greg Brown, 29, is a seven-year resident of Somerville and a “big progressive” who voted for Bernie Sanders Tuesday. “I really, really like that he doesn’t take money from corporate sponsors. He has a really long record for being on what I think is the right side of history.” Photo by Ethan Fuller / BU News Service Matthew Getz, 34, is a biomedical researcher at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and a Winter Hill resident. Getz voted for Elizabeth Warren in the Massachusetts primary because he feels his progressive ideology lines up with Warren’s direction. Photo by Ethan Fuller / BU News Service Kyle Machado, 33, originally hails from Miami but has lived in Somerville for over 15 years. He works as a marketer for higher education at Lesley University and voted for Elizabeth Warren in the Massachusetts primary Tuesday. “I think she would make a great President. There are a couple of reasons. One: her ability to draw a diverse coalition of voters. Two: her ability to, kind of clear-eyed, look at the issues and explain them in simple ways and three, her knowledge of policy and specifically her knowledge of how to regulate and tackle the financial institutions in the country.” Photo by Ethan Fuller / BU News Service Rebekah Powers, 38, owns pop-up Japanese restaurant Tanuki and has lived in Somerville for 20 years. Powers supported Elizabeth Warren but with the Super Tuesday votes in, Powers felt that Warren drew votes away from Bernie Sanders, her second choice. “I am pretty disappointed and I wish that Warren had given the chance to Bernie because I think he would have had a better chance across the country if she had dropped out,” she said Wednesday. “I wanted her to be the president, but I don’t think that is going to happen so I felt a little bit like I threw my vote away.” Photo by Michelle Brandabur / BU News Service Noah Sawyer, 41, works in real estate in Somerville and recently moved to Jamaica Plain. Sawyer voted for Joe Biden Tuesday and said the former Vice President’s success on Tuesday made him even more confident in his decision. “I feel pretty good,” he said Wednesday. “My feeling is that the Democratic party is a lot of different groups who have to come together and compromise and I feel like Joe Biden is somebody who’s done a good job at bringing different parts of the party together.” Photo by Michelle Brandabur / BU News Service Alex Ferguson, 25, is a graduate student studying neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has lived in Union Square for three years. Ferguson voted for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and was upset that Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the race just before Tuesday’s vote, throwing their support behind Joe Biden. “It’s annoying that there’s so much politics in who drops out and who nominates who right before something else happens,” Ferguson said. It’s “frustrating because I think that it should be based on the merit of what they want to do and it seems like Elizabeth Warren wants to do a lot of great things.” Photo by Michelle Brandabur / BU News Service
Although former Vice President Joe Biden
was projected to win Massachusetts in primary voting Tuesday, supporters of nearby Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren remained outspoken in Somerville.
Lauryn Allen, Katie Hartford, Michelle Brandabur and Ethan Fuller contributed to this report.