YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Democratic National Convention is now just a day away from kickoff, and several local politicians are on their way to Philadelphia, ready to bring ideas from the Valley.
The Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week shook up voters in the Valley. It’s a changing voter landscape. Back in March, 20,000 Mahoning County voters crossed over to vote in the Republican Primary.
Now, it’s Hillary Clinton’s chance to win some of them back to the Democratic side.
“Both parties have to recognize that the American people still feel a bit uneasy about the economy, about our national security and the direction by which we’re heading,” said State Representative John Boccieri.
Congressman Tim Ryan said to expect Clinton to talk about plans that will directly affect our area’s businesses and industries.
“Pay very close attention to what her policies are about manufacturing and trying to resuscitate manufacturing in regions like ours, because I think her plan is phenomenal,” Ryan said.
Gil Blair with the Trumbull County Democratic Party believes that’s what local voters are looking for. He said it’s a big week and to pay attention to policies affecting industries like steel making.
“This is a week where we’re seeing the demolition of our last blast furnace, kind of the last batch of the steel industry, and I think people from the Mahoning Valley are looking for some direct commitments,” Blair said.
These democratic leaders agreed that Clinton’s campaign is strong enough to win back voters who switched over to the Republican ballot in the primary.