The Importance of the Upcoming Elections

By Carey Markoe, AVP of Community Relations


It’s about that time of the year again. The time of year where millions of Americans turn out to cast their votes for the candidate they believe will do the best job. On Tuesday, November 2nd is the 2010 midterm election. What this means is that 37 United States Senate seats are up for election, all 435 U.S. House seats are up for grabs, and thousands of races across the country on the statewide, countywide, and local level are left up to the decision of voters.


With that said, it is imperative that students get out to vote in order to ensure that our voices are heard. Are you having difficulty affording college? Now is your time to decide who will represent students. Are you or is one of your family members uninsured? Go out and pick the best candidate for you and your kin. Are you passionate one way or another about the pro-life/pro-choice debate? Again, your time to shine as a voter in the United States. 


Take a look at some of the candidates up for election in Ohio:


Please note that only major-party candidates are listed for the sake of brevity. Incumbent candidates are listed in bold. For more information, check out


U.S. Senate

Rob Portman (R) / Lee Fisher (D)

*No incumbent because Sen. George Voinovich is retiring.



Ted Strickland (D) / John Kasich (R)


U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio’s District 1 (University of Cincinnati)

Steve Chabot (R) / Steve Driehaus (D)


Ohio House of Representatives, District 32 (University of Cincinnati)

Erik Nebergall (R) / Dale Mallory (D)


Ohio State Senate, District 9 (University of Cincinnati)

Eric Kearney (D) / Deborah McKinney (R)