Election Profile | Baylor Myers
Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 04:10
Name: John Baylor Myers
Major: Political Science and History
Hometown: Bexley, OH
Presidential Choice: Mitt Romney
Miami University senior Baylor Myers is the president of Delta Upsilon and the assistant business manager of The Miami Student. He has a double major in history and political science. He is also the president of Miami University College Republicans.
Myers, whose given name is John Baylor Myers, is from Bexley, Ohio and was born on Ohio State University’s campus in 1990. Myers said he’s always been an active student; running and swimming in high school as well as becoming his school’s student council president his senior year. His love for politics started in 2006.
“I accidentally turned on C-SPAN,” Myers said. “And I was really kind of invigorated by a speech that John McCain was giving on earmarks.”
Myers speaks very highly of the former presidential candidate.
“I’ve always admired John McCain.” Myers said. “I think he has an incredible personal story. His caliber as an independent politician is very impressive. What he has given to this country, I think it should be an inspiration to everyone. Regardless of the outcome of the 2008 election, he is an incredible person and someone deserving of respect.”
College Republicans Vice President and senior Meghan Wadsworth speaks highly of Myers, while making some fun of him.
“[He’s] funny and has a great singing voice,” she said laughing. “He keeps it entertaining and he has quite the dynamic personality but I think that is what adds to his leadership. He’s able to have the charisma to get people to want to be involved in things that might not be as fun as you would hope they would be.”
John Longaberger, a first-year political science major and member of the College Republicans is impressed with Myers’ public speaking ability, which are on display at the College Republicans’ weekly Wednesday night meetings.
“[Myers] carries himself well when speaking and can be funny when he wants to be,” Longaberger said. “He’s a really nice guy and is a great representation of the College Republicans. He is very good at getting us involved in the group’s activities.”
Myers says his public speaking skills haven’t always been there and attributed them to his high school days.
“That developed in high school, probably through my student council work,” Myers said. “I led weekly meetings. I used to be a shy public speaker; I got the classic crowd anxiety or the nerves. But leading those meetings gave me a real sense of leadership and how to conduct yourself in a public setting.”
Myers admits he doesn’t have much time these days, but said he does enjoy spending time with his girlfriend, going out and hiking. He also says he is a huge Buckeye football fan. Growing up outside of Columbus and being born on the school’s campus likely had a huge role in that.
“I’m not a huge follower of pro sports, but I tend to root for whoever is winning,” Myers said with a smile.
When trying to persuade students to vote Republican in 2012, Myers addresses student loyalty. “I tell people, when I speak of Paul Ryan, that if you’re not for Paul Ryan, you’re not really for Miami,” Myers said. “In all honesty, whatever your politics are, if Paul Ryan becomes Vice President, the value of our degree goes straight up.”
As far as his future is concerned, Myers isn’t sure what he wants to do when he graduates. He is currently contemplating attending law school. He also mentioned that he had an internship with a political consultant.