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2018 Midterm Elections and Representation

Updated: Dec 17, 2019

Dear WHS Students,

I believe the U.S is taking huge strides in becoming a more equality driven country, do you?

On November 7, 2018, citizens voted and candidates either won or lost elections. A usual occurrence during an election. This midterm election, though, was unlike those in years’ past. New records were set, such as an influx of female and LGBTQ+ candidates, and many firsts made the 2018 midterm an election to remember. For example, at the age of 29 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress while Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first Native American women elected to Congress. More new faces would win--Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim women elected to Congress; Young Kim, the first Korean-American woman elected to Congress; and Jared Polis, the first openly gay governor.

The United States is taking huge strides to achieve full equality and representation. Fourteen people who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community won political positions. Sharice Davids, a Native American Democrat who identifies as a lesbian, was one of those people. In an interview by The New York Times, she said she wants “L.G.B.T. people sitting in the room while decisions are being made."

I, along with many Americans on all sides, am ecstatic with the turnout. I believe this is helping to project a better image of the United States as a whole. It is wonderful to know that all types of people and opinions are being taken into consideration. In the past, our government was run by a very small, yet powerful group of people. Now, we are represented by not only the majority but also the minority.

To some, the United States of America is the salad of the world. Each lettuce leaf an ethnicity. Each crouton a race. Each tomato slice an individual. But the dressing, the one element that brings the dish together, is the laws and principles that guide every citizen every day. That dressing is now made with every race, every ethnicity, every orientation, and every gender. So…to my fellow Americans, bon appétit.

Yours Truly,

Cooper Tinsley

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