Milwaukee leader Reuben Harpole stresses importance of voting

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- "When you vote, it's important for the people who you vote for understand what it is that they're running for office for."

For many of you, the voter we talked to Tuesday needs no introduction.

That's Reuben Harpole, Milwaukee African American leader for decades, a fighter for justice, a resident of the Harambee neighborhood. 

Just last fall, Reuben Harpole had a building named after him in his neighborhood. 

Now, retired and well into his 80s, Harpole is still making sure he gets to the polls. He says this mayoral race in particular is very important.

"Our former mayor is gone. He's a master," said Harpole. "And I voted for him all the years he was in office. In fact, he asked me, when he first wanted to run, he was an Assembly person -- he first asked me if he should run and I told him yes."

Reuben Harpole says he votes all the time and he hopes everyone else votes too.

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