Last night I covered the “Meet the Candidates Night” at Sylvania's Southview High School. Let me first just preface this blog post with the fact that I'm generally not interested in political events. This was something I wouldn't have normally attended if I didn't have to cover it for work. But honestly, I'm glad I had to go.
This is probably my first and last political oriented post, although I'm not going to side with any candidate in particular, so don't stop reading now. There will be no endorsements, just observations from the event.
I observed a few things that I'm eager to analyze and write down:
1.Communication styles- It's interesting to see how the five candidates took different routes for trying to persuade citizens to vote for them. Some told stories about their lives and how things that happened shaped them and enabled them to want to make a difference on society, whereas others called out their opponents. Never did the art of speaking effectively make such a big impact on me, as when I watched the different candidates try to explain to listeners why they were the best.
I had the chance to catch candidate Angela Zimmann right after she left the stage and I asked her how she got to be so confident (which probably came out as a really weird question). Without missing a beat, she simply told me that working as a minister, she has had to be in front of crowds of people for more than a decade. Her secret for confident success on the stage was simply just getting out there and doing it over and over.
(Barbara Sears (front), incumbent for state representative in district 47, talks about her platform issues, while candidates Eric Eberly (left) and Angela Zimmann (right) listen. Photo by: Kelly McLendon).
2. Jobs and education- These were the two standout issues that nearly every candidate wanted to talk about. Several of the candidates were interested in vowing to find ways to bring new jobs and to also keep educational processes in check.
3. Absence of women- While 16 candidates were invited, only three of them total, are women: Marcy Kaptur, Barbara Sears and Angela Zimmann.
It was actually my first time writing a politically-oriented story, so if you're wondering how it turned out, here's a link to the result.
After the speeches, the candidates were invited out into the lobby near the Southview theater, to have dessert, drinks and talk with citizens more informally. The event was co-sponsored by several groups, including the Sylvania Schools' Parent School Council, the Sylvania Senior Center and the Northwest Ohio teachers unions. It seemed a fair amount of people stayed after, to chat with most of the candidates.