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Elections 2018: Rural Voices On Voting, Trump, Politics

The Greene County Fairgrounds, where many people recently expressed support for the Trump administration ahead of November's midterm elections
Renee Wilde
The Greene County Fairgrounds, where many people recently expressed support for the Trump administration ahead of November's midterm elections

With the midterm elections just a few weeks away, WYSO producers have been out talking to would-be voters around the Miami Valley. We wanted to know how people are feeling about the elections, and how they plan to vote in November.

Today, we hear from some rural Ohioans recorded at a recent antique tractor and farm-equipment show at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia. That's where some people we spoke to expressed ambivalence about the country’s two-party political system.  

Greene County man: I don’t even know what the elections are for. 

Cuyahoga County man: Oh, I ain’t never voted in my life because they aren’t going to give me the person what I want. 

Greene County man: How do I feel about the midterm elections? I’m not sure. The Republicans haven’t really performed like I thought they would. The Democrats have just about slowed everything down. I got a real problem with that. Seems to me, somebody ought to find middle ground somewhere. My biggest concern is immigration, of course.

Darke County woman: I think that these midterm elections are very important. We really need to get out and vote.

Greene County Woman : I always vote. Trump all the way. 

Darke County woman: I really think that the Republicans are going to keep the House and the Senate.

Greene County man: I think Greene County will go Republican. Donald’s the man. It's not  often that you have a president that does what he says he’s going to do.

Greene County man: I was raised to where you respect your president regardless of whether you like him or not. I mean, leave him alone and let him do his job. Maybe he might make people happy.

Renee Wilde was part of the 2013 Community Voices class, allowing her to combine a passion for storytelling and love of public radio. She started out as a volunteer at the radio station, creating the weekly WYSO Community Calendar and co-producing Women’s Voices from the Dayton Correctional Institution - winner of the 2017 PRINDI award for best long-form documentary. She also had the top two highest ranked stories on the WYSO website in one year with Why So Curious features. Renee produced WYSO’s series County Lines which takes listeners down back roads and into small towns throughout southwestern Ohio, and created Agraria’s Grounded Hope podcast exploring the past, present and future of agriculture in Ohio through a regenerative lens. Her stories have been featured on NPR, Harvest Public Media and Indiana Public Radio.
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