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I was raised in a family that leaned conservatively despite often voting for a Democratic candidate in any given political race. Therefore, I'm the same way. I've always viewed the candidate and his or her policies over political affiliation.
I was raised Jewish in the town of Sharon, Mass., known for its large Jewish population. I am not a particularly observant Jew, but I do have some ties to the community and – based in large part on my time reporting on Jewish issues for the Jewish Advocate – I closely follow the ongoing Arab/Israeli Conflict among a handful of other local Jewish issues.
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