Meet the Delegates

Meet the students representing your state and learn about the issues that matter to them most.

See what Delegate is leading the national conversation this week.

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Emily Strobaugh

Alabama

Emily Strobaugh

Auburn University

English Literature & Sociology

“The issue that matters the most to me is immigration. I believe we should make it easier for immigrants and refugees to enter the United States, as well as provide better opportunities for becoming a citizen.”

Isabel Perry

Alabama

Isabel Perry

Auburn University

Mechanical Engineering

I am incredibly passionate about immigration reform. The United States was originally formed as a melting pot for many cultures, and I think we should continue that tradition by ensuring that hardworking immigrants have an easier path to gaining citizenship.”

Forest Dewberry

Alabama

Forest Dewberry

Auburn University

Chemical Engineering

“Single issues are ineffective at capturing the importance of this presidential election. However, the greatest untold issue in America today is the complete degradation of American values and American family structure which decide the future of Western Civilization.”

Alexandria McLearen

Alaska

Alexandria McLearen

University of Alaska Anchorage

Natural Science

The most important issue to me is Global Climate Change. The effects of Global Climate change are felt every single day in Alaska – from permafrost melting to experiencing the warmest and driest winter in recorded history in Alaska. Alaska is my home and I want to preserve it.”

Tammalivis Salanoa

Alaska

Tammalivis Salanoa

University of Alaska Anchorage

Digital Art and Design

An issue that matters most to me is how the candidates can make the United States better. What ideas do they have to offer, and how will that benefit our nation? I truly believe that America can be great once again, but it will take great leaders and people willing to follow.”

Victoria Grijalva Ochoa

Arizona

Victoria Grijalva Ochoa

Arizona State University

Journalism

“The issues that matter to me are education, immigration, civil rights, and economics. Higher education costs are major issues, as a student. As for immigration, it’s something I’ve seen first-hand. Civil rights are incredibly important because so many people are still treated unjustly. And economics ties into nearly every issue.”

Tim Retter

Arizona

Tim Retter

Northern Arizona University (Honors College)

Psychology

The Environment, Human Rights (including those of women), Community Development/Zoning, and the Inclusion of every single person in America, regardless of any labels placed on them.”

Barrett Goodwin

Arkansas

Barrett Goodwin

Hendrix College

Politics

I care deeply about healthcare reform because of the impact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has had on both my family and America. This change in policy has helped millions. The debate over healthcare policy in this country is a vital one, and something all candidates must participate in.”

Madelyn Starr

California

Madelyn Starr

Loyola Marymount University

Political Science and Spanish

Currently, rising Islamophobia in America is a huge concern of mine, so foreign policy and counter-terrorism strategy specifically matter to me the most. It is imperative that the country’s leader and commander-in-chief handles this issue carefully without resorting to dramatic reactions such as barring Muslims from entering the country.

Alanna Wendt

California

Alanna Wendt

Simpson College

Political Science, International Relations

I am very interested in the candidates stances in international affairs, especially regarding Israel. The issue of women’s rights is an issue of importance to me, especially during this presidential election.”

Sarah Funes

California

Sarah Funes

University of California Berkeley

Political Science

“Voter engagement is the most important issue in this election because many students are disenfranchised with our government and the election process because they’ve been taught their voice doesn’t matter.”

Audrey Leggere- Hickey

Colorado

Audrey Leggere- Hickey

Front Range Community College Boulder County

Political Science

I believe education promotes the curiosity and critical thinking that leads to decisions based on knowledge and facts, not hyperbole. Also, knowledge promotes a better understanding of our civic responsibility when living in a civil society. Education helps us realize the personal power that we possess in all areas of our lives, including (but not limited to) politics.

Naomi Tsai

Colorado

Naomi Tsai

Colorado College

Intended Environmental Science

The issue that matters to me the most is climate change. I believe that through effective climate change policy, more jobs and a stronger economy will be created. Especially in the area of sustainable energy, new policy will mean building a stronger foundation for us to use in the future.”

Caitlin Briody

Connecticut

Caitlin Briody

University of Connecticut

Political Science and Sociology

“Criminal justice reform is an issue that I think deserves more attention in this presidential election. Mass incarceration is currently a huge problem for the United States, and former prisoners face restricted access to many social services. Additionally, reproductive justice is very important to me as a woman.”

Ellie Halfacre

Delaware

Ellie Halfacre

University of Delaware

International Relations and Public Policy

“Our everyday rights and access to what makes the United States great – education, diversity, freedom – requires security. I believe that foreign policy, when conducted justly and considered seriously, can ensure that safety for both America and the world.”

Berk Ehrmantraut

District Of Columbia

Berk Ehrmantraut

American University

Interdisciplinary Studies

The issue that matters to me the most this election is healthcare. All people deserve to have affordable access to quality medical care, and there is still work to be done. I think it’s important to acknowledge the size and complexity of our current medical system, and carefully scrutinize new programs because of the scope of the issue.”

Xavier Adams

District Of Columbia

Xavier Adams

George Washington University

Political Science

“Education is the cornerstone of a successful society. For this reason, college affordability is the most important issue to me in this election. Having an educated populace inspires innovation and cures diseases. In the 21st century, people should not be turned away from an education on account of the price tag.”

Adam Keller

Florida

Adam Keller

Jacksonville University

Theater

“My biggest concern is the economy. What do the candidates plan to do to boost our economy and create jobs so we won’t be unemployed? And HOW do they intend to implement their plan? It’s easy to talk, it’s more trusting to hear a plan of action.”

Cinnamon Williams

Florida

Cinnamon Williams

Miami Dade College

Computer Engineering

I have always been passionate about politics, and come from a background that is low-income. I’ve discovered income-inequality can destroy student’s opportunities, and believe that the local government can be a gateway for our social problems to be fixed, people just have to be involved so that there can be a change.

Sarah Henry

Florida

Sarah Henry

Lynn University

Political Science

“The issue important to me is access to safe, reliable reproductive care for men and women. I feel the Supreme Court and Congress have been the most intrusive and demanding of women since Roe v. Wade was passed.”

Dara Prentiss

Georgia

Dara Prentiss

Spelman College

Drama

To be taxed or not to be taxed, that is the focus. While small cities are cutting their education budgets, whether global warming is becoming a problem at the fault of humans has gotten more attention than the candidates’ specific plans for education policy. This is also important”

Twinkle Arora

Georgia

Twinkle Arora

Georgia Military College

Criminal Justice

The most important issue for me is discrimination. Anywhere I have visited in the world, I have seen discrimination; in fact I have experienced it. Discrimination based on color, religion and status.”

Zaire Martin

Georgia

Zaire Martin

Morehouse College

English

“The economy is the most important issue to me because it holds the infrastructure of the country together. The state of the economy plays an integral role on the job market, real estate market, financial aid, and the overall funding of public programs that helps myself and many other American citizens.”

Ashley Kupau

Hawaii

Ashley Kupau

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Communications in Multimedia

Of course all issues matter to me but the ones that would be at the top of my list would be reduced pricing of tuition, indigenous rights, homelessness, climate change, and environmental preservation.”

Darien Newton

Hawaii

Darien Newton

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Sociology

This election has sparked my interest in our country’s distribution of wealth. With the United States being the wealthiest nation, our level of socioeconomic disparity continues to grow. I believe that if wealth is more evenly distributed throughout the nation, we can fund public programs like education and healthcare.”

David Enriquez

Hawaii

David Enriquez

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Political Science & Philosophy

I believe that the most pressing issue is immigration reform. The national conversation has shifted from being carefully objective to outright xenophobic. As a first-generation Filipino, I am forever indebted to my parents’ collective audacity to leave their homes in the Philippines for a better life. However, this permeating xenophobia, stifles constructive conversation.”

Frank Gigray

Idaho

Frank Gigray

The College of Idaho

Chemistry and Philosophy

“In current political discourse, issues have been centered around a politic of fear. The politics of fear need to be rejected in favor of one that values life and looks at the creation of a safe society for all, rather than a securitization of bodies.”

Raunel Urquiza

Illinois

Raunel Urquiza

Dominican University

Political Science

The issue that matters to me the most in the presidential elections is comprehensive immigration reform, protecting current programs like DACA, and expanding programs to help families seek legal status.”

Joseline Cano

Illinois

Joseline Cano

Dominican University

Communication and Journalism

Immigration and education are the most important issues to me. My parents are immigrants and many of the immigration policies being spoken about in this election ties straight into my family. I am also a university freshman and the tuition rates and loan issues we currently face are detrimental to my current economic situation.”

Bianca Mena

Illinois

Bianca Mena

Dominican University

Sociology and Criminology

Immigration is the issue that matters to me most during this presidential election. It’s important because many immigrants are contributing people of society and yet are neglected and exploited due to their citizenship status. They work with little pay, poor working conditions, and often with fear of being deported if undocumented.”

Alissa Griffin

Illinois

Alissa Griffin

Loyola University Chicago

Political Science and Communication Studies

The issue that matters most to me is the economy. A great deal of our issues stem from our unstable economy. I believe that a strengthened middle class will allow our economy as a whole to flourish. Taxing the extremely wealthy more and providing more affordable education would lead to a more stable middle class.”

Maryiah Imani Winding

Illinois

Maryiah Imani Winding

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Arts Administration

My top three concerns with the upcoming election are justice and equality, international affairs, and higher education. Justice and equality is something this country has struggled with since its birth, and the lack of value for non-white lives is scary. Lastly, accessibility to higher education must be addressed and I think this ties into justice and equality as well.

Allyson Nolde

Illinois

Allyson Nolde

University of Illinois at Chicago

Political Science

Free higher education is very important to me because education closes all gaps of inequality and it will help stabilize one of the largest contributors to our national debt. Federal healthcare is also important to me and will stimulate the economy. Foreign policy is important because international collaboration is crucial to growth in today’s global economy.

Ophelia Alvarez

Illinois

Ophelia Alvarez

Northeastern Illinois University

Education

“Fighting to have the top one percent to pay their share of taxes. Many people work full time and still don’t have enough money to get by. I have to get a job just to go to college. Also, the deportation of children is important because they didn’t get to decide where they were born.”

Leslie Dominguez

Illinois

Leslie Dominguez

Dominican University

Business Administration/Psychology

Prathm Juneja

Indiana

Prathm Juneja

University of Notre Dame

Political Science and Computer Science

In a time where the refugee crisis is increasing in severity and many are seeking opportunity around the globe, the issues of immigration take on deeper importance. The greatness of a society is defined by its commitments to equality and opportunity for all, and as the debates continue, I worry about our nation’s trajectory.”

Shayla Bozdech

Indiana

Shayla Bozdech

Indiana State University

Social Studies Education

I have found interest in foreign policy, and I think it is an urgent matter in the upcoming election. The United States has been a great world leader for decades, and I feel we are in a situation where we have the opportunity to change foreign affairs for the better.”

Dontae Hampton

Indiana

Dontae Hampton

Ivy Tech Community College

Accounting

Privacy and data security. I do not think that the government should be operating surveillance on cell phones. Retrieving people’s phone records and personal information is against people privacy rights. Now unfortunately I must go against myself, when it involves government interference when collecting Intel about a terrorist actions.”

Michael Porter

Iowa

Michael Porter

Grinnell College

Economics

I think foreign policy matters the most. Foreign affairs seems to be the area most influenced by the president and most separate from the legislative and judicial branches. Increased conflicts in Syria, refugee crises in Europe, and relations with Russia confirm that the way the president reacts in unavoidable crises is essential.”

Ashley Glassberg

Iowa

Ashley Glassberg

Coe College

Psychology

The most important issue to me in this election is getting rid of Citizen’s United and ending the use of SuperPACs in our politics. It has become more apparent that our system is in need of correction and redirection, as the people’s true voice is not being properly reflected in our civil servants.”

Erica Fisher

Iowa

Erica Fisher

University of Iowa

Environmental Science

“During this election one of the most critical issues at hand is climate change. I believe if action is not taken quickly on the matter, all the other issues will cease because we won’t have a habitable planet anymore. This is something we can recognize and fix, but we must act fast.

Haley Shirley

Kansas

Haley Shirley

Washburn University

Accounting

“I believe the issue that matters the most is poverty. I understand that this is a very broad issue, one that consists of many debated economic issues such as equal pay, welfare, the minimum wage, etc., but I feel this is the biggest threat our country faces.”

Logan Adams

Kentucky

Logan Adams

Lindsey Wilson College

Human Services & Counseling

The issue that matter most to me are economic policies and educational policies. With the national debt nearing $20 billion dollars, it’s integral to the success of this nation to have a leader who can appropriately address this issue. The education system within this nation deserves some serious attention.”

Madison Torry

Louisiana

Madison Torry

Dillard University

Political Science

“I am incredibly passionate about criminal justice, in that I have the concern of the rise in school shootings, police brutality, attacks on the police, and mass incarceration. I believe that everyone deserves to have fair and equal treatment applied to them when the law is being involved.”

Megan Currie

Maine

Megan Currie

Bates College

History and Politics

“I am a passionate advocate of gun violence prevention; by passing comprehensive gun safety laws, lives will be saved without infringing upon an individual’s constitutional rights. Additionally, I believe that bringing women’s rights (reproductive rights, equal pay, and paid family leave) out of the periphery and into the spotlight will only serve to strengthen this nation.”

Antonia Carroll

Maine

Antonia Carroll

University of Maine

International Affairs, Chemistry

“The concept of inequity seems to be driving this election is inequity. Americans are realizing that their opportunities, experiences, and suffering are dictated and manipulated by forces outside of their control. The essential reformation of education, criminal justice, economic, immigration etc. rely on an evaluation based on social justice.”

Lauren Porter

Maine

Lauren Porter

University of Southern Maine

Social Work & Political Science

“The most important issue to me is ensuring that healthcare becomes a right for every citizen. While great progress has been made in recent years, continued reform is still necessary until every American has access to adequate, affordable healthcare regardless of income.”

Catherine Wright

Maryland

Catherine Wright

Goucher College

Political Science

“Equity is the most important issue to me in this election. Representation and freedom are the lynchpins of democracy, and we as Americans cannot consider ourselves free or represented until all members of society regardless of race or gender are awarded the treatment that they deserve.”

Maia Rosenberg

Maryland

Maia Rosenberg

Goucher College

Political Science/French

“I think the issue of campaign finance reform should be a top priority, because little can be done to make change until this is resolved. Right under campaign finance are environmental concerns that are at the foundation of any political controversy.”

Benjamin Van Bloem

Maryland

Benjamin Van Bloem

Salisbury University

Political Science and International Relations

“Campaign finance reform is the most important issue in my mind, simply because I feel that it is nearly impossible to have a fair and balance election when money has such a huge influence. We need clear and comprehensive reform first and foremost to limit the effect that avarice has on our political system.”

Danielle Amanda Walker

Maryland

Danielle Amanda Walker

Salisbury University

English

“Personally, the issue I am most concerned with is the economy, because I feel that the taxes that are collected are not distributed correctly. As a former education major, I think the most important area of society is education—which in many ways need to be fixed.”

Kelsey Richards

Maryland

Kelsey Richards

Salisbury University

Political Science and Social Work

“To me, the most important issue is getting money out of politics and to overturn the Citizens United decision. In order for politicians to be truly responsive to the needs of the people, the flow of moneyed interests must stop. “

Giancarlo Musetti

Massachusetts

Giancarlo Musetti

Tufts University

Economics and International Relations

The ramifications growing income inequality can have on the United States is frightening, which is why income inequality is a pressing issue in this election. Wall Street needs to be regulated more efficiently.

Alexander Clark

Massachusetts

Alexander Clark

American International College

Political Science

Education is the most important issue to me and I feel the system needs reform on all levels. The cost for College is the most important because a college degree is a necessity in today’s society. Improving our education system is the first step in improving our country.”

Jazmine Baehr

Massachusetts

Jazmine Baehr

American International College

Sociology

It’s most important to me whether a candidate stands with Israel or not. Israel is America’s greatest ally. They would do anything to help us if needed so I feel our country should show them the same respect.”

Jana Al Jarrah

Michigan

Jana Al Jarrah

Oakland University

Political Science

Immigration. The Syrian population has been immensely underrepresented when it comes to immigration. I think we need to take a good hard look at the refugee crisis and that we should help these refugees who have nothing left. They fled from their countries with nothing but the clothes on their backs and they need our help.”

Blanca Moreno

Michigan

Blanca Moreno

Kalamazoo College

Political Science

The affordability of higher education is an issue that matters to me. The cost of college keeps increasing every year but funding for higher education remains relatively the same. Higher education is a great investment for the stability and future of the country.”

Marco Hernandez

Minnesota

Marco Hernandez

Macalester College

Latin American Studies

“Immigration reform matters to me the most in this presidential election. My parents are both immigrants without papers and I do not want to see them getting deported.”

Tanaya Walker

Minnesota

Tanaya Walker

Saint Paul College

Associate in Arts / Veterinary Medicine

My concerns include students, education, the minority voice, diversity/racial inclusion and college affordability. We have tons of debt because community colleges are so expensive and we need help. People with less opportunity are not given the chance to succeed. Race is an issue in politics and the institutional system and it needs to be changed.

Burak Tekin

Minnesota

Burak Tekin

Metropolitan State University

Theatre Arts, Gender Studies

Equal pay for equal work and raising the minimum wage. I believe that women deserve to earn as much as men and I also believe that when you work 40 hours a week, you shouldn’t live below the poverty line.”

Peter Johnson

Minnesota

Peter Johnson

College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's Universty

Political Science

I believe that the most important issue in this presidential election is the debate on government spending and economic policy. With nearly $20 trillion of debt, the United States is nearing a point of economic no-return. While no politician will deny that, the possible solutions that each candidate is proposing vary drastically.”

Gavan Storey

Mississippi

Gavan Storey

Mississippi Gulf Cost Community College

Geography

The price of college tuition in the United States has increased dramatically over the past 50 years, forcing students to take out loans that follow them far into their adult lives. This is becoming a burden on the younger generation, and forcing high school graduates to make unwanted career choices.”

Ashley Chiu

Missouri

Ashley Chiu

Washington University in St. Louis

Economics and Strategy

The issue of gun control has become disturbingly prevalent in our country. I know this issue is controversial and many hold differing opinions, but when mass shootings have become an almost common occurrence, a serious discussion needs to be had, and I believe, reform needs to take place.

Cassie Klosterman

Missouri

Cassie Klosterman

Washington University in St. Louis

Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities

“Immigration reform is the issue that matters most to me personally. I understand what impacts a large immigrant population can have on a community. In my view the current rise in xenophobia is disconcerting and is antithetical to our values and history as a nation of immigrants.”

Jade Williamson

Montana

Jade Williamson

Flathead Valley Community College

Sociology

One of my concerns is the rising cost of education. I currently work full-time and attend school full-time. I am paying for my college tuition on my own, and with the rising cost of education, I worry how I can afford to continue. Immigration reform is another imperative issue to discuss. Also, acknowledging the dwindling middle-class.”

Zen Wohlers

Montana

Zen Wohlers

Montana State University

Marketing

The environment and economy are topics I am passionate about. Global Warming is overlooked. Nature is constantly changing and I believe we need to be more responsible. Also, millennials will statistically have more than one career. It is important to know how gov’t policy can affect interest rates and social security.

Jake Vopel

Montana

Jake Vopel

Montana State University

Marketing

“It seems that this day and age a college degree doesn’t necessarily guarantee you anything. An effective plan to create more jobs and boost the economy must be implemented.

Kaycee Greenfield

Nebraska

Kaycee Greenfield

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Social Work

I am passionate about addressing inequality and social justice in this country. America is founded on the idea of opportunity, yet many Americans begin their lives with lower opportunity due to inherent characteristics such as race, gender, or socioeconomic status of their parents. Students must be informed and empowered to act in order to fully address these issues.”

Jared McGinn

Nebraska

Jared McGinn

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Political Science

I’m passionate about The Affordable Care Act. I don’t think that Healthcare should be provided by the government, but I also do not think that it needs to be repealed. Significant revisions need to be made to the program. Changes need to be made so that all Americans can actually access the benefits.”

Joel Jimenez

Nevada

Joel Jimenez

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Biology

“I believe that education is the most valuable opportunity individuals have to be successful and achieve their dreams. Education is the issue I find most important in this presidential election and I hope the next President of the United States does something to improve the education standards of Nevada and the nation.”

Sarah King

New Hampshire

Sarah King

Saint Anselm College

Politics and Communication

“The issues that are most important to me are education and immigration. As I got older I realized that disparities exist that hinder the advancement of entire groups of people. I firmly believe that without immigration reform and quality education we are going to suffer as a nation.”

Jennifer Loughran

New Jersey

Jennifer Loughran

The College of New Jersey

Political Science

“The most important issue is the continued discussions involving equality, specifically with regards to minorities and women. Women, in particular, minority women, have less opportunities in the job market, and make significantly less money than their male counterparts. I feel that women and minorities should be treated and given just rights.”

Mahnoor Waseem

New Jersey

Mahnoor Waseem

Montclair State University

Jurisprudence, Political Science

“This election, I am really concerned with civil rights, education, and the economy. I hope the stances presented by those vying for elected office effectively unite instead of divide people in our society. With so many injustices going on around the world, it is important that we, as a nation, act with justice—both nationally and internationally.”

Caitlyn McNair

New Jersey

Caitlyn McNair

The College of New Jersey

Communication Studies

“Women’s rights are paramount because I am appalled that people believe the government can tell me what I do with my own body. I have faced blatant sexism and inequality in an educational setting. It is outrageous that I have willingly studied salary-negotiating tactics to have a better chance at receiving equal pay.”

Ismael Torres

New Mexico

Ismael Torres

New Mexico State University

Economics

For me, immigration is the most pressing issue. Immigrant families of all documented status are valued members of our community and the immigration debate that affects them so personally, affects us all. As a first generation American and member of my border community, the immigration reform conversation is crucial in this presidential election.”

Rotimi Adeoye

New York

Rotimi Adeoye

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Political Science

Education and immigration policy are important to me. My parents immigrated to America to seek purpose, freedom, and vast opportunities to create a better life for themselves. Thus fair immigration laws that speak to the innate values of our nation is vital. In tandem, education access across the board for every American is important.

Angela Tona

New York

Angela Tona

Nazareth College of Rochester

Social Work

As a dedicated social work major, I have had the opportunity to work directly with individuals that suffer from unjust welfare and economic policies.These experiences have led me to understand how nationwide policy affects its citizens of every level. I am especially concerned with stable housing and fair employment.”

Malik James

New York

Malik James

Nazareth College

Legal Studies

Police brutality matters most to me. The issue has been magnified within the past three years due to the rise in excessive forced used, concurrently with the increase in videotaped encounters with police officers. It matters to me because, as a young black man, an encounter with a police officer may have fatal consequences.”

Grant Ludgar

New York

Grant Ludgar

Wagner College

Business Administration and Economics

Economic fiscal policy is important to me. In order to have economic change, our next president should implement a policy, which will balance the United States budget in this current period of economic expansion. In order to decrease our nation’s debt, the nation has to cut government spending and tax citizens appropriately.”

Taryn Volpe

New York

Taryn Volpe

Wagner College

Education and Sociology

“Reproductive rights are especially important to me. I could not imagine having a pregnancy amounting from any type of situation, and not having the ability to choose whether or not to terminate it. It is my body, and I should have the right to choose what happens to it.”

Eric Brower

New York

Eric Brower

Siena College

Double Major in Political Science and Self-Designed Major Concentrated in Sports Administration

“Civil rights are my biggest issue. I believe that people are ostracized and oppressed due to the color of their skin, how they identify, or who they love. I’m interested in a candidate who is able to promote unity between social groups, cultures, and races because America was founded on the principle of being a safe-haven.”

Nicole Tatum

North Carolina

Nicole Tatum

Durham Technical Community College

Nursing

The issue of healthcare in this country is overwhelming to say the least. We need a leader that will heal America both financially and physically so to speak. Access to quality health care, and I emphasize quality, is every Americans right and I hope our new president keeps those rights in mind.”

Daniella Feijoo

North Carolina

Daniella Feijoo

Wake Forest University

Politics and International Affairs

As a first generation college student and my parents are immigrants, immigration matters the most to me. I find it fascinating to research the socio-cultural factors that play a role in the topic of immigration and how race, gender and socio-economic status intersect.”

Ryan Wolfe

North Carolina

Ryan Wolfe

Wake Forest University

Political Science and International Affairs

The issue that matters the most to me is the economy. While many statistics say that the economy is healthy, many Americans aren’t seeing wage growth and increased opportunity. When I graduate college, I want there to be a more healthy economy so I can get a good paying job and pay off my student loans.”

Harrison Preddy

North Carolina

Harrison Preddy

North Carolina State University

Political Science

“The most important issue facing America is the Federal Government’s disregard for the rights of States and the rights of individuals. It is imperative that our next President adheres to the limitations of power that are outlined in the Constitution and works to restore rights to the States and Americans.”

Muneeb Hyder

North Dakota

Muneeb Hyder

University of North Dakota

Airport Management

“The most important issue for me is college affordability and accessibility. This issue matters to me because students are being forced into more challenging situations due to the rising costs of education. No student should have to worry about not being able to attend college because of prohibitive costs.”

Silas Augsburger

Ohio

Silas Augsburger

Urbana University

Political Science

Foreign Policy. America used to be the force that maintained world order. However, since 2008 American foreign policy has focused on an ideological international equality. I believe if American foreign policy and hegemony continue to decline, a new tyrannical force will arise threatening the liberty we hold dear.”

Kameron Dunbar

Ohio

Kameron Dunbar

Oberlin College

Politics

Voter Rights matter: especially relating to the disenfranchisement of persons from the political process. The Voting Rights Act has been stripped of some of its primary components. Students, poor folks, minorities, and other traditionally marginalized groups are facing difficulties comparable in severity to those fought against in the Civil Rights Era.

Rebecca Race

Ohio

Rebecca Race

Stark State College

Administrative Office Professional With Management Option

The issues that matter most to me are people having affordable and good healthcare, job creation, affordable living wages, national security, affordable and/or free college tuition regardless of part-time or full-time status.

Nico Ericksen-Deriso

Ohio

Nico Ericksen-Deriso

Case Western Reserve University

Political Science; International Studies

Although it’s not a major campaign focus, the issue that matters most to me is drug policy reform. Our nation’s current drug regulations, especially surrounding cannabis, are extremely inefficient, costing our system millions of dollars and ruining lives by incarcerating thousands of people for petty infractions of outdated possession laws.”

Ladan Barnes

Ohio

Ladan Barnes

Otterbein University

Public Health

The issues that matter to me in this election are The Black Lives Matter Movement, Police Brutality, Equal Pay, Mass Incarceration, Health Care, School to Prison pipeline, Hate Crime issues, and Systemic racism. These issues are held dear to me because I find that the biggest victim in each category are of the marginalized groups in America.”

Adam Ross

Ohio

Adam Ross

Baldwin-Wallace University

History

“Given my time serving in the military, my most important issue is reform of the way this nation uses force as a tool of foreign policy. We have far too long been a country of hawks and I feel that fire cannot be fought with fire. The lives of our young men and women must matter.”

Heather Martin

Oklahoma

Heather Martin

University of Central Oklahoma

MA Counseling Psychology/MS Forensic Science

“Civic engagement is every person’s responsibility (local, national, and global). The presidential race shows, now more than ever, voting is imperative to the prosperity of our country and families. Universal Health Care, Free Higher Education, and Immigration/race Reform conversations form the pinnacle of our country’s return to greatness and prosperity.”

Kathleen Valenzuela

Oklahoma

Kathleen Valenzuela

University of Central Oklahoma

B.A Psychology & B.S Forensic Science

“Immigration and border issues are most important to me. As a Latina-American I have seen first hand the effects of current immigration practices and lengths individuals must go to seek a better life.”

Gabi Glidewell

Oklahoma

Gabi Glidewell

University of Central Oklahoma

Theatre/Communication Education

The issue that matters most to me this presidential election is LGBTQIA+ rights. I am a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and I am appalled at some of the legislation that has been passed in this country. I believe we need a firm federal stance on this issue to stop states from discriminating against members of the LGBTQIA+ community.”

Jamison Keefover

Oklahoma

Jamison Keefover

Oklahoma City University

Mass Communications

“What our society wants vs what they are getting is the biggest issue this election. Getting people to focus on the issues that need to be addressed is more difficult because of what gains attention the quickest. The amount of controversy this election has had to offer seems to be the only thing being highlighted.”

Jackie Rogers

Oregon

Jackie Rogers

Southern Oregon University

Economics and Political Science

I am really passionate about education reform. The future economic, social, and environmental health of our nation is dependent on a well-educated populace. Our ability to adequately train the future leaders of tomorrow requires that all students have access to an affordable, high quality education.

Ellen Boyle

Pennsylvania

Ellen Boyle

California University of Pennsylvania

Political Science

“One issue is campaign finance reform. Another issue is income inequality and the vast economic disparity currently facing our nation. Lastly, I think it is important to continue the fight for equality among races and genders. While significant strides have been made throughout history, we must continue to move forward.”

Allison Stein

Pennsylvania

Allison Stein

Cabrini University

Communication

The most important issue is the high cost of education in this country. In just thirteen months I will be a college graduate with almost $100,000 in debt. Another issue that is very important to me is national security. It seems as if acts of terrorism are happening every few weeks.”

Jachai May

Pennsylvania

Jachai May

Community College of Philadelphia

Liberal Arts

The issue that matters most would be free education and alleviating college debt. As a community college student, I’m quite familiar with the impact this issue has on students and their growth. This is not an experience that I believe should be selectively bestowed and financially exclusive.”

Elizabeth Conway

Rhode Island

Elizabeth Conway

Brown University

Political Science

The candidates must be responsive to our generation. These issues include primary/secondary education, affordable higher education, healthcare, and security and protection for our future. The issues being debated now are the ones that are going to affect our generation the most, and it’s critical to have students advocating for themselves.”

James Sutton Durant

South Carolina

James Sutton Durant

The Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Criminal Justice

“The essential issues of lowering the unemployment rate without minimizing entitlements, the reform of the criminal justice system to help minimize cop killings and deaths of bystanders, and also with me being a current service member the issue of military funding and resources also resound quite loudly with me.”

Elisabeth Anne West

South Carolina

Elisabeth Anne West

Winthrop University

Political Science

I find it very interesting that the candidates have said a lot of things that are not plausible and it’s very discerning to see my fellow peers essentially ‘fall’ for the propaganda. So, my biggest concern is making sure that my peers know the truth and from there make the best decision for themselves.

Tyra Holcombe

South Carolina

Tyra Holcombe

Winthrop University

Political Science and Mass Communication

“The topic of healthcare is an ever-pressing national issue. Preventative care measures, child healthcare affordability programs, the increasing number of aging baby boomers, and affordability of all care are a topic wildly discussed from several different platforms. The need for access to healthcare is important to the overall health of our nation.”

Madison Wilson

South Dakota

Madison Wilson

Augustana University

Government, International Studies, German

I am most concerned with the issue of college tuition. The largest form of personal debt in the United States, behind mortgages, is student loan debt. Getting a college degree is an expectation for one to have a successful and good paying job, but it is becoming less of a reality.”

Cheyenne Rose Zephier

South Dakota

Cheyenne Rose Zephier

Augustana Universiry

Government (American Politics Emphasis) and American Studies

“The issue that remains the most important to me in this election is current issues facing US foreign policy. For a long time the United States has been seen as the number one hegemony and I feel as if the rest of the world is starting to think we are falling. We are not.”

Vincyl Fitzgerald

Tennessee

Vincyl Fitzgerald

Carson-Newman University

Political Science

“For me the access to education and its value is the most important. As college students enter the job market, it has become clear that it’s harder to pay off loans and be stable.”

Phillip Sharp

Tennessee

Phillip Sharp

Sewanee: the University of the South

Politics

What matters most to me are the party polarization effects and the relative intolerance that this polarization breeds. I am also concerned with the inherent change in ideology of those political characters who seek to change the role of government in our personal lives and the role that citizens must play in this new government.”

Riley Wallace

Tennessee

Riley Wallace

Belmont University

Journalistic Production and Design

The biggest issue is the redefinition and reinterpretation of American citizens’ basic civil and human rights. Each candidate brings a unique perspective to the idea of what each American citizen is entitled to say, to be, to own, to pursue, and these perspectives clearly dictate the way that our country will be run in the future.”

Sam Scarber

Texas

Sam Scarber

University of Houston

Philosophy and History

Voters are handed a metaphorical card with two choices on it: republican or democrat. Most will align themselves with the lesser of two evils, simply due to a reinforced notion of a necessarily bipartisan system. My interest is not confined to election cycles; I am interested in a path to a truly emancipatory political process.”

Arielle Clarkson

Texas

Arielle Clarkson

Paul Quinn College

Legal Studies

Issues that affect African Americans are the most pressing issues for me this election. Access to jobs, fixing a broken education system, and access to higher education top that list. I know how much these issues affect us, our families, and our futures.”

Tania Rodriguez

Texas

Tania Rodriguez

Collin College

Mechanical Engineering

“Education reform is of paramount importance to me. As an educator, it is my responsibility to be a positive influence on my students while assisting them in their academic endeavors. The United States must prioritize the molding of young, brilliant minds that will be the innovators of tomorrow.”

Rachel Arco

Texas

Rachel Arco

Southwestern University

Political Science

“The issues that matter to me most, are climate change, fracking, and how we can become a nation that values sustainability. The candidates must address issues of mass incarceration, xenophobic policies regarding immigration, and the cyclical oppression of women. Finally, we must work to get young voters more involved.”

Jessica Hastings

Utah

Jessica Hastings

Weber State University

Political Science

The issues that matter to me most are the environment and climate change. We can’t leave this problem to the next generation. Also reducing the cost of college to students. This might seem like a ‘money problem’ now but this next generation, if they all get a great education, can pay us back tenfold.”

Clint Yingling

Utah

Clint Yingling

Weber State University

Political Science

“The biggest issue I believe facing our country is with privacy and technology. Every law that is passed today is really setting a precedent for the future, and that could have unforeseen consequences on the individual freedom of tomorrow.”

Andrew Plotch

Vermont

Andrew Plotch

Middlebury College

International Politics and Economics

“The basis of creating a stronger future lies in education. We must ensure that all children, no matter their gender, race, or geography, have opportunities in their potential in school, especially in STEM fields. Furthermore, we must act immediately to aggressively combat climate change.”

Maribeth Watkins

Virginia

Maribeth Watkins

Longwood University

Public History

I am very passionate about preserving the Constitution. I see that in the future it will become a piece of paper with no power rather than it being the tangible object that represents what the government is. The Constitution was created with the intentions to ensure liberty and our posterity.

Bridget Rose

Virginia

Bridget Rose

Roanoke College

Political Science, Philosophy

The issues that I care about most are social justice, women’s issues, immigration, education, health care, race, and foreign policy. When I vote I think about how that particular issue affects individual people. I try to vote based on what stances I believe are going to uphold the human dignity of all American citizens.”

Michelle Flores

Virginia

Michelle Flores

Christopher Newport University

Political Science and American Studies

“Foreign relations and domestic policies are important issues in this election. A topic that encompasses both is immigration. Immigration links our relationship with other nations and covers a societal domestic matter. I have cultivated open-mindedness to different ideas and cultures as a result of interacting with refugees and have been exposed to adverse immigration regulations. Thus, I believe legal and illegal immigration is an essential issue that needs to be addressed.”

Kelsee Levey

Washington

Kelsee Levey

University of Puget Sound

Molecular and Cellular Biology

“Immigration is the most important issue because it impacts people close to me, along with 11 million undocumented citizens in the US. DACA was a start, but the issue needs to be addressed head on. We need more than a temporary solution. Families are separated daily because our current system is so flawed.”

Julia Lin

Washington

Julia Lin

University of Puget Sound

Sociology/Anthropology

Brian Roark

West Virginia

Brian Roark

Davis and Elkins College

History

Moderation. As Ben Franklin said all men must be in favour of moderation. The US has some extreme candidates running and promising bold changes. Changes that only congress can make. I think all parties are over promising.”

Cory Klafka

Wisconsin

Cory Klafka

Alverno College

Global Studies

“Immigration is the most important issue to me in this election. Every person has the right to immigrate to the United States if they wish and be protected. There will potentially be detrimental results for immigrants based on who is elected. The future of immigrants and immigration will be drastically changed.”

Andres Gama

Wisconsin

Andres Gama

University of Wisconsin - Parkside

Physics

Two issues the American public need to be aware of is climate change and space exploration. The U.S needs to have its citizens become scientifically literate in order to vote on laws/bills that are related to these issues. The U.S must be the leader in combating these issues.”

Nastacia Smith

Wisconsin

Nastacia Smith

University of Wisconsin

Biology and Psychology

Honesty and realistic goals from the candidates is important. Candidates make promises during campaigning season, but promises involving huge changes to our structure and economy are empty without the support of congress. So points that are most important to me this election revolve around women’s rights, tax stability, healthcare and employment.”

Jacquelyn Moss

Wisconsin

Jacquelyn Moss

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Education

I care deeply about racial issues in this country. I feel the president should represent a welcoming atmosphere to the country. The issues at UW-Madison are only the tip of the iceberg. As I look at our country as a whole, I believe the president has the ability to inspire the change and openness needed.”

Lucas Davis

Wyoming

Lucas Davis

Casper College

Political Science

Statistics have shown that wealth distribution continues to favor the wealthy and hurt the most vulnerable and already impoverished individuals. The impacts of poverty are cyclical and glaring: lower quality of life, lower levels of health, racial and gender inequality, etc. Poverty is no longer an issue for Democrats or Republicans, but an issue for humanity.

Maurice Brady

California

Maurice Brady

Dominican University of California

Biochemistry

As a guy, I’m surprisingly interested in women’s reproductive rights. When Planned Parenthood was almost defunded I researched what they do for women, I read about girls who were raped and were not able to obtain abortions and were trying home abortions. I found this incredibly unfair and saw a cause that needed awareness.”

Danielle O’Reilly

California

Danielle O’Reilly

Dominican University of California

Liberal Studies/Teaching Preparation

“In the US, 1 in 3 women will experience dating abuse before graduating college. I’m part of the statistic and began campaigning for dating violence prevention programs in schools. I hope to break the silence surrounding this epidemic, as dating abuse is something that needs to be talked about.”

Noreen Hasan

California

Noreen Hasan

Dominican University of California

Health Science/Pre-Occupational Therapy

I’m most interested in—abortion, civil rights, gun control, and immigration. These issues are all close to my heart as I am a woman, minority, and a first-generation American. Many youth only see the black and white responses the candidates have to these issues but fail to look deeper.”

Ashton Wolffe

California

Ashton Wolffe

Dominican University of California

Occupational Therapy

“Having worked in a high income and a low income hospital, I have personal experience with families that weren’t able to get medical services due to lack of insurance or non-covered procedures. All people in this nation should have access to basic medical services and it needs to be addressed.”

Hallie Balch

California

Hallie Balch

Dominican University of California

Communications and Political Science

“The issue that matters most to me in this election is immigration policies. I believe that while everyone deserves to be treated equally, one group cannot be made superior to the others. Immigration policies will pave the way for numerous others and will determine how America is viewed worldwide.”

Charlotte Carmichael

California

Charlotte Carmichael

Dominican University of California

Dance

I believe that the issue of terrorism is one of the most prevalent and important of the 2016 election. We are all Paris, Brussels, Boston, Manhattan, the West Bank, and every other location directly impacted by domestic and foreign lapses in security.

Tegist Worku

California

Tegist Worku

Dominican University of California

Political Science

As an immigrant, with the increasing tensions such as race, gender, and class, it is important to me to address civil rights, education, and foreign policy. Education is extremely essential for the development of our nation and our society; a more educated society can lead to increased civic engagement.”

Victor Chan

California

Victor Chan

Dominican University of California

Chemistry

“A growing fraction of young Americans can’t attend college because cost is a barrier and debt holds them back. America’s college graduates are now leaving with excessive student loan debt. Moreover, payments squeezed out of students are only profiting the federal government with no intent in improving the educational system.”

Justin Paraoan

California

Justin Paraoan

Dominican University of California

Communications & Media Studies

“I’m most concerned about the criminal justice system, Wall Street and corporate funded politicians, civil rights, the growing socioeconomic inequality gap, America’s involvement in foreign affairs, student loans and debt, the banking system, the Federal Reserve system, the environment, and the state of America in general.”

Dustin Usery

California

Dustin Usery

Dominican University of California

Business Administration/Accounting

“There is no singular issue that is more important than the others. Healthcare, tuition costs, minimum wage, unfair taxation, personal liberties, and many race/gender issues are being discussed by both sides, and the differences between them are astounding. I’m most interested in honest, fair coverage of each candidate.”

Lawrence Yu

California

Lawrence Yu

Dominican University of California

Public Health and Health Sciences

“There are many issues that are important in the 2016 presidential election including immigration, the environment and employee rights. However the issue that matters to me the most is healthcare. It’s very important to me because for a country so rich, we have horrible healthcare and we use our resources incorrectly.”

Erin McKay

California

Erin McKay

Dominican University of California

BFA in Dance

“The K-12 public education system fails to ensure diversity and to support immigrant, minority, marginalized, and poverty-level students. Many seniors and students who hoped to attend college settle for and simply accept futures without further education. In order to unlock a thriving society, high-aspiring, well-informed, and critically thinking citizens are essential. Education needs attention and it is the key.”

Drew Reid

California

Drew Reid

Dominican University of California

Political Science

“Bringing awareness to the societal issues that are currently affecting our youth is the most important issue in this presidential election. Our youth are our chance at a better world and it is our job to help elect a leader who understands this serious issue and will do something about it.”

Olivia Ramirez

California

Olivia Ramirez

Dominican University of California

Political Science and International Relations

“Immigration. As an immigrant myself, I know how hard it is to be in a new country and try to live the “American Dream”. I want everyone that lives in America to have the same privilege as someone born in America. The policies that are being made are ineffective and so strict that not everyone qualifies.”

Sayra Trejo

California

Sayra Trejo

Dominican University of California

Communication and Media Studies

“The issue that matters the most to me in this presidential election is immigration. Both presidential candidates have completely different stances on illegal immigration and creating a path to citizenship, I would like to see how young people could change certain perceptions surrounding this issue.”

Talia Gonzalez

California

Talia Gonzalez

Dominican University of California

Political Science

“So many issues are prevalent during this election cycle, but immigration has the most important issue to me. Immigration has become a hot topic for a lot of distaste, but I think recognizing the call for humanity is important. I hope to vote for someone who values my same beliefs when it comes to immigration.”

David Enriquez

California

David Enriquez

Dominican University of California

Political Science

“The major issues that are of concern are the issues of National Security Education and immigration. As these issues have been presented in previous elections, but have not been addressed by the candidates once elected. It is the belief that it is time for these issues to be addressed not with simple words but also with actions.”