UWF Millennial Voters Share Views On 2016 Election

Nov 7, 2016
Sandra Averhart / WUWF Public Media

The race for president has come down to a heated battle between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

If they actually go to the polls, millennial voters could play a major role in the outcome.

Young voters at the University of West Florida fall into that category. WUWF recently went to the University Commons, the center of campus activity, to talk with a few of them to get their thoughts on the candidates and the issues driving their participation in this year’s election.

On Tuesday, a runoff election will decide who will take the reins as mayor of Century for the next four years. The race is putting a spotlight on some of the problems plaguing the small town in northern Escambia County and hopes for its future.

The race started out with four candidates. Still in the race are incumbent Freddie McCall and final challenger Henry Hawkins.

Freddie McCall has deep roots in Century.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper talks about his recent economic outlook presentation to the Pensacola Rotary Club where he discussed issues that will face our next president, including interest rates, the national debt and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

With less than a week to the election, Harper spoke to the group about where the economy stands now and what we could see after all the votes are counted, particularly with the Federal Reserve and the expected interest rate hike in December.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is scheduled to rally supporters at Pensacola Beach on Saturday, as the race for that seat depends on which poll you see and to whom you speak. 

Republican incumbent Marco Rubio has a six-point lead over Democrat Patrick Murphy in the latest Quinnipiac University poll – with a CNN/ORC International survey having him up by only a single point. Other polls show varying distances between the pair.

Almost four and a half million people already have voted in the battleground state of Florida, according to the state Division of Elections.

That’s including a larger turnout so far in the western Panhandle.

Supervisors of Elections in the three counties report a record in the number of voter registrations for an election cycle: 130,000 in Santa Rosa County and  135,000 in Okaloosa.


In selling our house this year, my wife and I went through what has become a cottage industry for baby boomers: downsizing.

We moved from a 2,300-square-foot home to our current rental, with 1,300 square feet. Getting from one to the other required getting rid of a lot of stuff, despite the help of two storage units.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

The finishing touches are being put on the new YMCA facility in downtown Pensacola, getting the building ready to open its doors to members on November 7.

Melissa Shelton, a welcome center representative at the new YMCA says everything will be open "except the pool. The pool is going to be an additional two weeks." Shelton and a group of other escorts were giving tours and answering questions about the facility to the press and invited guests Wednesday morning.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Heading into its fourth season, the University of West Florida’s swimming and diving team currently is 2-2 at mid-season, and ranked 14 in the nation in NCAA Division II. 

First, the accolades from the previous season. The Argonauts won a second consecutive New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference championship in 2015-16, with three individual national championships. They were overseen by two-time NSISC Coach of the Year Andrew Hancock.

Diego Carbajal

The 2016 Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is this weekend, Nov. 4-6, at Seville Square. The event features over 200 artists, as well as this year’s Invited International Artist Diego Carbajal, a sculptor and Silversmith from Peru.

Beforehand, local residents can hear about his work at a public presentation this Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. at the Pensacola State College Department of Art.

Carbajal is making his first visit to the United States.

When Hillary Clinton referenced the alt-right movement’s support of opponent Donald Trump in a campaign speech, many casual observers were left wondering what exactly the alt-right was.

“Alt-right is short for ‘alternative right,’” Clinton said. “The Wall Street Journal describes it as a loose, but organized movement, mostly online, that rejects mainstream conservatism, promotes nationalism and views immigration and multiculturalism as threats to white identity.”

Florida Forest Service

With no rain in the foreseeable future in northwest Florida and south Alabama, the word “drought” is being used increasingly through the region. Drought conditions here are said to be “light to moderate.”

Florida receives about 58 inches of rain per year, but you wouldn’t know it from the past few weeks. Many areas – including the Panhandle – have seen little if any rainfall.

The Pensacola Symphony returns to the stage of the Saenger Theatre this Saturday, November 5th, at 7:30pm.  Pianist Alexander Kobrin joins the orchestra for a program of music by Bach, Stravinsky, and Brahms.  Music Director Peter Rubardt and Dr. Hedi Salanki stopped by the WUWF studios to share some thoughts on the performance.


photo via Flickr// Presidencia de la República Mexicana /

Open enrollment is underway for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges. 

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Two years after the initial announcement, and four months after the original start of production, ground was broken Friday on an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Pensacola International Airport.

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward served as master of ceremonies, to announce plans for a 173,000 square foot hangar on 19 acres adjacent to the airport – making the city part of the aerospace landscape.

WUWF Presents Ed Gerhard in Concert!  Tickets available HERE.

Join us for this very special seasonal concert. Well known to Pensacola fans, Gerhard is a Grammy award-winner and one of the country's finest acoustic guitarists.


He will perform soulful arrangements of well-loved seasonal music, traditional carols, and his own concert favorites. 


Thursday, December 8, 6pm

Old Christ Church in Historic Pensacola