GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - He's an accomplished violinist who was born in the Soviet Union, grew up in Cuba and lived in Peru. Sasha Ferreira is now an American citizen. And one of his proudest moments came Friday morning, at the Harrison County circuit clerk's office.
"I'm Gayle Parker, I'm the circuit clerk. It's so nice to meet you," said the circuit clerk, as the 38 year old Ferreira arrived at her office to register.
"I'm almost 40 years old. And it's the first time in my life that I will be able to decide what's going on in the country. So, I'm very excited about it," said Ferreira.
Circuit Clerk Gayle Parker checks his citizenship papers, then continued the voter registration process.
"Now, you have to fill this out," the circuit clerk directed, handing him the proper form.
This accomplished violinist teaches strings in the Gulfport school district's music program. He became a naturalized American citizen in 2013.
"American people are very giving and caring. And it's just, it was wonderful to come here and feel that welcome," said Ferreira.
He says the voter registration form is very easy to fill out. The teacher often share with his students the importance of American freedoms and the rights of citizenship.
"When you feel that you don't have control over what's going on, it's not good. It's not good. And I think that everybody should think twice of the opportunity they have here to decide what's going on," he explained.
"We're going to stamp it filed. We're going to give you a copy for your records," said the circuit clerk, "And then in about a week you'll be mailed a voter registration card."
"Here, all the paperwork that I had to do, it was simple. If you think that that is hard, you have no idea," he said, smiling.
Ferreira says he's probably be up at four o'clock in the morning on election day, anxious to cast his first vote.
The first time he'll be able to vote, is in the primary election, this August.