Candidates

Student Looks to Continue Tradition After First Midterm Election

By Quentin Lehn, BDJ 311.01

Published on November 6, 2018

Ryan Desko stepping out of polling location with mom. (c) 2018 Quentin Lehn

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REPORTER:
Ryan Desko, a sophomore at S-U, was able to cast his first midterm ballot in Skaneateles today. For him, he felt a lot more prepared compared to last year’s election.

RYAN DESKO:
“Like I had no idea what was happening, it happened so fast but this election, this midterm election it 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. ”

REPORTER:
One candidate Desko didn’t have to research for was John Mannion, his high school biology teacher, making his selection fairly easy.

RYAN DESKO:
“This, this person I know who they are, I know their personality and how they treat their family stuff so I know where their morals are.”

REPORTER:
But what Desko was most proud of was being able to vote with his mom, a tradition he hopes to continue.

RYAN DESKO:
“It’s like it’s like a family affair for us now so since this is like our second time voting together.”

REPORTER:
And thinks this will help his relation with his family.

RYAN DESKO:
“Usually politics brings people apart most of the time but this is like kind of bringing us together.”

REPORTER:
For Democracy In Action, I’m Quentin Lehn.

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.