UD students watch, learn from gubernatorial debate

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DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN)- While Democratic candidate Richard Cordray and Republican candidate Mike DeWine debated on the first floor of the Daniel J. Curran Place at the University of Dayton campus Wednesday night, a student watch party was held upstairs.

Issabella Smithley was one of the students there.

“It’s obviously going to be very close. I’ve lived in Ohio my entire life so this is very personal to me,” she said.

As a Political Science major, Smithley said she was watching the debate from a different perspective. 

“I’m noticing a lot of techniques that, (I’m) hopefully going into politics, I either want to pick up or maybe avoid,” she said.

Students from the UD Vote Everywhere Program, College Democrats and College Republicans filled the room. 

Sophmore class representative Thomas Reese also looked on.

“Overall, they both did a good job at representing what they stand for and their platforms,” Reese said.

He said students like himself are paying close attention to big issues. Reese said in some way or another they all affect his classmates.

The opioid epidemic and college debt were of most interest to students. 

Those important topics is why Reese is encouraging his classmates to make their voices heard. 

“Do some research, figure out who you want to support and go out and vote,” Reese said. 

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. 

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