Local Democratic campaigns set up shop in Niles

Bernie Sanders' Niles headquarters

NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – The campaign for the Democratic vote starts in Niles.

The two Democrats running for president — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders — will both have offices in the city, leading up the March 15th Ohio primary.

First News was there for the opening of the Sanders campaign headquarters along state Route 422. Cutting the ceremonial ribbon was former state Rep. June Lucas.

YSU student Marissa Taylor spent her time at Sanders’ headquarters, creating a sign for the cause.

“I definitely think Bernie could win Ohio,” she said. “I saw him in Cleveland. They had tremendous support.”

Christie Gidumal, a Hillary Clinton staffer brought in to run the Niles office, prepared for the grand opening on Saturday. She previously worked in New Hampshire and Nevada.
Christie Gidumal, a Hillary Clinton staffer brought in to run the Niles office, prepared for the grand opening on Saturday. She previously worked in New Hampshire and Nevada.

Only one of the area’s elected officials showed for the ribbon-cutting ceremony — Trumbull County Commissioner and Democratic Party Chairman Dan Polivka.

“I just wanted to welcome them to Trumbull County. I know they’ve been working hard, a lot of people working hard,” he said.

WYTV also stopped at Clinton’s headquarters, which is located on Vienna Avenue and is set to officially open on Saturday.

Trumbull County Democrats Vice Chair Kathy DiCristofaro was helping set up on Friday, preparing for the opening.

“[Hillary] is someone who understand this Valley. She knows this Valley well. She’s the one who can help us protect our manufacturing and our jobs in this area,” DiCristofaro said.

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