Ryan Desko, a sophomore at Syracuse University, was able to cast his ballot for the first time in the Midterm elections at Fairmount Free Methodist Church, right across from where he went to Elementary School. With this being his second time voting, he felt much more comfortable in his surroundings.
He says, “the first time I walked in I wasn’t really sure what was going on, it was definitely an unfamiliar atmosphere.”
This year, Desko made a couple of adjustments that made this election feel a little more important.
He says, “this midterm election felt a little different cause I knew I did research on the candidates and I knew who I was voting for and I knew why.”
During that research he discovered a familiar name, John Mannion, running for the 50th Senate District, as well as Desko’s former Biology teacher. He felt confident in that vote for a variety of reasons. He says, “With this person, I know who they are, I know their personality and how they treat their family so I know where their morals are.”
What isn’t new for him however is voting with his mom, Cindy. He believes politics brings his family closer together, and wants to continue to vote with his mom for future elections.