There has rightfully been a huge push to get more people registered to vote. 100% support that! Please visit for info if you still need to get registered – please! It really is part of your duty as an adult. I think back to the Founders of this country, and their ideas of a true republic of the people, it seems like a such a shame to waste.

Taking the concept of citizenship a step further is actually being an informed voter, especially at a local level. Having a truly educated and thoughtful electorate would be ideal. But even me – the hopeless idealist – feels uniformed about political candidates. It’s so hard to find out where people really stand. Trust me, I try! We are inundated with attack ads and headlines, but getting to know them is much tougher. I’m attempting to make that process a little easier these “community conversation” podcasts, where we have honest, productive chats with local candidates and elected officials specifically about their solutions for our most critical challenges. 

In this episode, I spoke with Zach Dickerson, a young, enthusiastic and moderate Democrat running for Ohio House District 42 (Moraine, West Carrollton, Miamisburg, Germantown, Miami and Washington Townships). We explore the important Issue 1 vote coming up in the May 2018 Primary, that tackles the corrosive effects of gerrymandering, his ideas on gun control, the opioid epidemic in our community, right to medical privacy, among other issues. I really enjoyed his frank and bi-partisan approach! 

Hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did! 

Libby Ballengee 

Get to know Zach Dickerson in his own words: 

was born in a small town called Independence. I spent many weekends of my childhood with my great grandmother. She was kind, sincere, and generous. She set an example that helped shape me into the man I am today. So did my parents. My father taught me how to hunt and showed me the value of a strong work ethic. My mother gave me cooking skills and made clear that “please” and “thank you” should be staples in my vocabulary. My sister was there to antagonize me. She was my worst nightmare…until she became my best friend.  

I came to Ohio after law school and I’ve worked at LexisNexis for 10 years. I am 38 and mostly moderate in my views. I live in the political middle like most people. I decided to run for office because I think we need more civility in our politics. If you’re like me, you’re tired of the fighting, partisanship, and political games. Our state faces a lot of challenges. And those challenges are best met with bipartisanship. I will work with members of both parties to solve our problems because I want smart, common sense solutions. We need to work together to move this state forward. And that’s exactly what I’ll do. I’ll be the kind of Democrat that would make my great grandmother proud. 

Find out more about Zach –


Information on Issue 1 (May 2018) – Click here


League of Women Voters –

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Ohio House of Representatives –

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