Four candidates on the November ballot have something in common -- class.
Before the yard signs and door-to-door campaigns, these candidates shared school days at Sandusky High.
Sandusky Municipal Judge candidates Michael Kaufman and Heather Love Carman, Huron municipal judge candidate William Steuk and Sandusky school board candidate Tracy Shoemo were all members of the SHS class of 1989.
"Four (candidates) from one class is quite an accomplishment," said Al Peugeot, a high school social studies teacher from 1984-94 and assistant principal from 1994-2002.
Principal Dan Poggiali, a 1971 SHS graduate, also taught social studies there from 1977-97. He and Peugeot remember teaching the 1989 classmates who are now running for public office.
"What impresses me is that they chose to come back to their hometown," Poggiali said. "As a teacher, you like to think you have some influence."
He said a common thread among the four classmates and candidates is that they were active in sports or other extracurricular activities while in school.
"If you have strong schools, you have strong people coming out of them," Peugeot said.
"I think they understand the history and the culture of the community," Poggiali said.
Kaufman, Steuk and Shoemo were also teammates on the Sandusky High football team.
"I think being from Sandusky, I'm in tune with the specific issues that relate to the city," Kaufman said.
"It really comes down to knowing the people and knowing what the issues are," Steuk said. Steuk's wife, Jessica, was also a member the Sandusky High class of 1989.
The four candidates running for four seats on the Sandusky City Commission are also local graduates. Julie Farrar, Brett Fuqua Sr. and Dave Waddington all attended Sandusky High; Dan Kaman is a graduate of St. Mary Central Catholic.
"It sounds clich, but I loved growing up in Sandusky," Fuqua said. "I wanted to give my children and other children the same opportunities and memories."
"I've seen how Sandusky's changed," Waddington said, adding that name recognition also helps local leaders.
Kaman said that even though the city has changed since he graduated in 1980, local graduates can still find good employment here.
"There are a lot of opportunities in this community that go overlooked by the young, bright minds that leave," Kaufman said.