A 55-year-old man with a quirky sense of humor, Jeffery Casserly stands outside a Starbucks in Koreatown a few blocks from his home, and bellows a laugh as he answers the question: Who are you voting for in this year's presidential election?
"This election is a joke," he says. "You can't trust Donald with the bomb and you can't trust Hillary with a checkbook. So what do you do?"
Casserly says he's never witnessed a political spectacle like this election.
Originally from New York, Casserly moved to Arizona 16 years ago after a divorce.
Casserly, a retired freelance reporter, says he wrote for the Prescott Daily Courier, The Arizona Republic and Phoenix New Times during his five-year stint in Arizona.
"I was going through a rough stretch so my move to Arizona came at the right time," he says. "It gave me the space to reflect on my past and figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life."
Five years later, he ventured west to Los Angeles to pursue a new career: entrepreneurship.
"Who doesn't want to be their own boss?" Casserly says, though he won't give details about his work.
Despite his secrecy, Casserly believes his move to California gave him the emotional strength and fortitude to grow as a man.
"Moving to a whole new state is scary and challenging," Casserly says. "You don't know anybody. You have to reinvent yourself. It's never going to be easy, but for me it was worth it."
Casserly says the change in scenery challenged his conservative loyalties.
"I used to hold conservative views back when I was younger," he says. "My family always voted Republican so that's what I adopted. It wasn't until after I voted for Bush Jr. that I realized that I was making some terrible voting decisions."
Casserly had voted for a Republican president in every election since 1980. He finally broke from the Republican Party in 2008 and voted for Barack Obama. He did so again in 2012.
"Right now with Obama in office, I do think our country is in good hands," Casserly says. "The guy has had to fight for everything he's gotten. He's been under scrutiny since he walked into that office, yet he's always shown strong leadership. He's a great steward for our country."
Casserly says this is the first time in his voting history that he's been unimpressed with the candidates of the two major parties.
The candidate he thought showed the most potential is no longer in the race.
"Bernie Sanders was the best candidate in the field," he says. "I felt that if you elected him he would have found a way to get things done because he had a clear vision and agenda of what he felt needed to change. The other candidates
didn't seem to have that."
Casserly sees Hillary as the "lesser of two evils." He thinks Trump is too dangerous, irrational and unpredictable to be an effective leader.
He cited the recent tension within the Republican Party over his controversial comments about African-Americans and immigrants as signs that Trump's lack of
self-awareness and respect will cost him the election
"Immigrants make up a large part of the populace in this state," he says. "This country was founded and built by immigrants. Trump's stance against immigration clearly shows that he doesn't get it. You can't just go around insulting people. I don't know what's with that guy."