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Of the People: Barriers to Political Office


There are more Asian-Americans, Latinos and women in Congress than ever before. Yet they still remain sorely under-represented in the legislature. Millionaires, however, make up over 66 percent of the Senate. We’ll look at the barriers to running for office, and talk about what the major parties are doing to encourage more diversity among candidates.


  • Paul Beck, professor emeritus of political science at OSU
  • Greg Haas, outgoing Franklin County Democratic Party chair
  • Jill Bader, communications director of the Republican State Leadership Committee
  • Erin Vilardi, founder and executive director of VoteRunLead