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Voices of the Voters: East Side activist was skeptical of pie in the sky

Murray Holman likes it on the front lines, as an East Side community activist and chairman of the Stop the Violence Coalition. And that’s where he was, literally, participating in the truest sense of democracy Monday evening outside First Niagara Center.

Holman, 52, served as one of the peacekeepers outside the Donald Trump rally.

That’s why Holman, unlike most voters, has liked this year’s election campaign. Nobody ever said democracy wasn’t going to be noisy.

“I think it’s good for America, especially me being on the front lines yesterday at First Niagara Center,” he said Tuesday. “I saw Democrats and Republicans battling it out peacefully, protesting with their mouths and their signs.

“I told the people there we are making history,” he added before voting at the Delavan-Grider Community Center. “You can look at Obama being the president, and now a lady running for president.”

Holman voted for that “lady.”

“What makes me go for Hillary?” he asked. “The name Clinton. The experience they have in the black community. With Mr. Clinton being the president, it’s time for the first lady to become president. They have to work across party lines to get things, and I think she will get that done.”

Why doesn’t Holman support Bernie Sanders?

“All politicians play this game,” Holman replied. “Let’s tax the rich. Let’s have a minimum wage. Free tuition. Free medical. ... It’s not going to happen, so why lie to us?”