After 10 years of feeling like his voice didn't matter, Jorge Hermosillo has decided to exercise his right to vote in the presidential election.
The Pacoima resident is a parent educator who's been working in the El Nido Family Center at the Pacoima Community Center for a little over a year. The 2016 election will be Hermosillo's first time voting.
"I think this election is going to be great," Hermosillo says. "If Hillary Clinton wins, she will be the first woman in the United States to win the presidency, so I'm going to be part of the story of the United States."
Hermosillo, a Mexican immigrant, believes Donald Trump is unfit to hold office.
"I think he's dangerous and he's going to be dangerous for the United States because he's always talking about the minorities attacking, and now he's trying to do something different — he's trying to get black and Latino votes," Hermosillo says. "I don't think he has a clear mind. To tell you the truth I think he's out of his mind."
Hermosillo explains why this will be his first year voting in a presidential election.
"I've been a citizen of the United States for 10 years and I never voted, but I believe this is the right time. I think Trump is a big reason why this is my first time, but also, I came from Mexico and in Mexico your vote doesn't count," Hermosillo says. " I was used to the election already being decided."
He emphasizes what a privilege it is to live in a country where the people have an actual say in their country's politics.
"I believe in this country," he says. "And I believe that my vote will be counted and that I can make a difference in this election."
Apart from the candidates' personalities, the issues that most concern Hermosillo are education and immigration. He says Hillary Clinton wants to help more people attend universities and avoid student loans.
He says education is important to him because he has a daughter working toward a bachelor's degree in business administration.
"My daughter has a lot of debt," Hermosillo says. "It's going to be really hard for her to get a job and to start paying off all the loans."
But his top issue is immigration reform. He says he suffered when he was living illegally in the United States.
"I see all the people who have been living anywhere from 10 to 30 years in the United States illegally, with no rights, no opportunities," he says. "These people pay taxes, they do a lot of good for this country and I don't think it's fair that they're deported, especially when some of them have children in college in the United States."
As the election nears, Hermosillo urges everyone to exercise their right to vote.
"I encourage all people to get out there and vote and have their voices heard," Hermosillo says. "Your vote counts."