One of 435 voting seats in the U.S. House of Representatives will be filled by a special election in the 12th Congressional District in Ohio on Tuesday.
The winner of this contest will serve until the end of the year and be able to cast their vote in support of or opposition to legislation brought before that body.
In this election, three people are running for the seat; Republican Troy Balderson; Democrat Danny O’Connor; and Green Party candidate Joe Manchik.
Another election will take place in November on the General Election ballot. The winner of that contest will serve as a federal representative for the following two years.
It is possible for the winner of both contests to be different people.
Right now it is unknown what issues, if any, will be brought up for a vote before the end of the year.
Still, some areas of general concern that could be addressed, include those related to health care; the economy and jobs; taxation; and opioids.
Deciding who is best suited to represent constituents in the 12th Congressional District in these areas is what is at stake on Tuesday and in November.
While many have heard this said before, John Krieger expresses his opinion on voting.
“You don’t have a right to complain if you don’t vote,” said Krieger. “Voting is something that we should all take very seriously.”
One 12th Congressional District mother that takes voting seriously is Crystal Lett.
Lett’s son requires a number of medications daily and without adequate health care the medicine alone would cost nearly $2,000 per month.
“For us as a family healthcare is the primary issue that we’re concerned about,” said Lett.
According to the Balderson and O’Connor campaigns, the future of healthcare, the economy, jobs, and other important issues hinge on this election.
The economy and jobs is a close second when it comes to what issue is most important to Lett.
“I think the economy is a massive driver for most voters both democrat and Republicans,” said Lett. “I think about that a lot when I’m going to the voting booth; about what are things going to look like 10 years from now, what are they going to look live 20 years from now, and who do I want to put in office to go towards the direction that I think we should be going.”
Whoever that person is will have just a single vote to cast when the time comes, but the outcome of the election could have ripple effects across the country that transcend the issues themselves.
Political momentum for either major party could shift in either direction as a result and the stakes are so high that both the Vice President and the President of the United States is now getting involved and campaigning.