WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The selection of Senator Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate has people in our region talking.
Pennsylvania turned red in 2016 and helped then-candidate Donald Trump win the White House. Trump won Pennsylvania by about 44,000 votes. 22,000 of those votes came from Luzerne County. Both parties are listening closely to what the folks here are saying about the Biden/Harris ticket.
Gail Konecke from Hanover Township thinks Kamala Harris is the perfect choice as Joe Biden’s running mate.
“I think it’s a great idea. Yeah I was kind of expecting a woman and I’m thankful about that but I’m also thrilled that a woman of color may be vice president of the United States,” says Konecke.
Denise Lupico had a like reaction to Harris’ selection.
“I think it’s a good idea, I think it’s good for all women around. Hopefully a woman will become president at one time,” Lupico said.
Justin Behrens is chairman of the Republican party in Luzerne County. He insists that voters will make their selection based on what he says President Trump has accomplished.
“Let’s look at what President Trump has done. That’s what’s going to resonate — jobs, the economy doing great- until we had the COVID hit. Economy is still growing. He’s still working hard as he can to reach out to the left they don’t seem to want to work with him,” says Behrens.
Kathy Bozinski, the chairperson of the Democratic party in Luzerne County has this message for the Democratic ticket.
Bozinski says, “I’d love to see them both come here because I think that was a mistake perhaps in the election four years ago. Luzerne County felt as though the candidate didn’t make an effort to be here to get to know the needs and their aspirations of the people in the area.”
Ron Felton, the president of the Wilkes-Barre chapter of the NAACP, thinks Harris will motivate a key segment of the Democratic party in our region and across the nation.
Dr. Dave Sosar is a political scientist. He believes: “Well she’s a safe vote for Biden. She has campaign experience, she has the name that you know. I think if you take a look at her versus many of the other women that Biden would have the opportunity she had the energy.”
Bozinski and Behrens say they are receiving calls and emails from news media outlets from across the nation and the world because once again Luzerne County is seen as a key to victory in Pennsylvania.