Ohio State Alumnus, Runs for Congress By Stephen D. Cheek II, Ohio State ‘11
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Republican candidate for Congress Steve Stivers, Ohio State ‘89, along with just nine other Republican candidates throughout the nation, has been recognized by Time Magazine for his role in what is expected to be a very close election. The possibility of Stivers pulling off a win similar to that of Scott Brown, in which the longshot Republican prevailed over the favored Democrat, has Time labeling Stivers as a potential “Republican Surprise.” After being defeated by Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy in 2008 by a slight 2000 votes, Stivers is working hard and maintaining a positive attitude in this year’s upcoming election. Stivers will run against Kilroy again in November, and hopes to pull off a Scott Brown-like win. “Stivers is back for a rematch, this time with promises of heavier backing from House minority leader John Boehner and the Republican Party — and an attitude,” Time says. For Stivers, maintaining a positive attitude throughout the campaign has been made easier by his personal experiences. As a member of the Ohio National Guard
since 1985, a current lieutenant colonel, and after spending time in Iraq, Stivers says he is capable of managing any political negativity brought on during the election. Carte Goodwin, Marietta ’96 Tapped to Fill Vacant Senate Seat In July, Carte Goodwin, Marietta ’96 was tapped by West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Robert C. Byrd. Byrd was the Senate’s longest-serving member when he died in June at the age of 92. Goodwin took the oath of office on July 20, 2010. The 36-year-old Goodwin who had recently returned to private practice as an attorney, was Manchin’s general counsel from 2005 until early 2009. He was considered to have a key role in drafting mine rescue and safety measures passed after fatal accidents at West Virginia’s Sago and Aracoma coal mines in early 2006. Goodwin will hold the seat until November, when a special election will be held to determine who will serve the remaining two years in Byrd’s term.
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