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Voters' views: Mary O'Neil

Barack Obama has been elected the first black president of the United States.

Here Republican and Democratic voters from across the US reflect on the results and look to the future.

Mary O'Neil Training manager | Democrat

We are turning a page. We are turning to an administration that promotes inclusion and respect

Mary O'Neil
Age: 50
Lives: Denver, Colorado
Occupation: Training manager
Last election voted:
In 10 words or less: Forward-looking, seeking balance, life-long learner, passionate volunteer

"This is the outcome I have dreamed of since I heard Barack speak at the Democratic Convention in 2004.

Back in February, when the Colorado caucus took place, it was rare to see an Obama bumper sticker or sign. Now, the bumper stickers are literally everywhere.

Obama ran an unprecedented campaign and ground game. As a supporter, I received an e-mail from Barack within half an hour of the announcement of his election thanking me for my hard word and telling me he will be back in touch so I can help out with what is needed next. This has to be unprecedented.

The last eight years have been difficult for many reasons. The reason closest to home is the financial hit we have taken as a result of the Bush administration's policies that reward companies for self-serving financial decisions.

The Obama presidency will give us new hope in restoring our economic health.

We are turning a page. We are moving away from an administration that displays an alarming lack of concern for the welfare of the average American - and for our relationships with the international community. We are turning to an administration that promotes inclusion and respect.

The election of an African American president sends out the message that people can step outside themselves to embrace a better future for everyone."

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