Deciding your future, a column by Kaylee Renno

Why is it important to vote and what Democratic candidates are left to vote for?

Kaylee Renno, Staff Writer

What do the Democratic candidates have to do with your future? Well, anyone of the Democratic candidates could become president. The candidate you vote for matters, since they could make decisions that could hurt you or potentially help your future become brighter.

There are set to be 12 Democratic debates and, so far, there have been about 10 debates. There has been a total of 31 Democratic candidates for president. There are currently three still left fighting for their chance to be on the 2020 presidential ticket.

This group portrait monument by Adelade Johnson was carved from marble and placed in the United States Capitol building. The carving is of the pioneers of the woman suffrage movement, which won women the right to vote in 1920. It was sculpted from an 8-ton block of marble in Carrara, Italy. The monument features portrait busts of three movement leaders: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott. The fourth space is reserved for our future first woman president. Photo by Shannon Le Grand.

This is the list of Democratic candidates still left as of March 05- vote for one of them before you get stuck with someone you don’t want.

Bernie Sanders – Sanders is a senator from Vermont serving from 2007 and current before that according to “U.S. Senate after 16 years as Vermont’s sole congressman in the House of Representatives. This is his second time trying to the win the democratic ticket.

Joe Biden – Biden was a senator for Delaware for 36 years and was vice president under Barack Obama for eight years.

Tulsi Gabbard – According to, Gabbard has “served two tours to the middle east presently a major in the U.S Army National Guard” and “served for seven years on the Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, and Homeland Security Committees.” Gabbard is also currently a Congresswoman for the state of Hawaii. Gabbard is the only female left fighting for her way to be on the Democratic ticket. Gabbard won’t be allowed to be in the next democratic debate because according to CNN the “DNC (Democratic National Convention) raised the criteria” to be in the debate with candidates needing to have won at least 20% of the total number of pledged delegates allocated across all the past primaries and caucuses.” Gabbard has only 2 pledged delegates.

For 231 years we have had a male president in America never a woman. Women have made tremendous strides in politics still with all of their hard work they are still never able to become president. It is time for a change. Women are no longer working in the house they are working as police officers, firefighters, doctors, supreme court judges. I feel that it is time for a female president.

It is very important that young people vote in the upcoming elections because you are deciding your future. You are deciding who is in control of this country. You are deciding what bills get passed and what you stand for by voting for a candidate who shares your values. Sometimes people take for granted that we have the right to vote. People like to complain about what is going on in the U.S., but they don’t ever want to do anything about it. Not one person can change the vote it takes a group of people to change the vote. Voting impacts everyone, not just one type of group. No matter who you are- whether your young or old, gay or straight, black or white, we all are impacted by voting. That’s why it’s so important to vote. We can’t make major changes unless people actually want it. You decide whether you vote or let society vote for you.