Mahoning Valley Democrats get ready for convention in Philadelphia

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman and elected delegate David Betras says it looks to be a busy week

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Valley Democrats are anticipating the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week.

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman and elected delegate David Betras says it looks to be a busy week.

“You get a lot of speeches, you have to vote on the party’s platform. We’re going to hear from great speakers. Similar to what happened in the Republican National Convention, only ours will be much smoother.”

He says that Ohio, and the Mahoning Valley in particular, is a battleground for both parties.

“I can tell the people in the Mahoning Valley, we are ground zero of ground zero for both campaigns, which is really good for the Mahoning Valley,” Betras said. “I’m really excited about doing everything that I can, that Hillary Clinton wins the Mahoning Valley.”

Betras says that Donald Trump is full of empty promises.

“Donald Trump is a really good salesman, but that’s all he is, a salesman. He cannot deliver on what he’s promising. He’s not going to bring back our steel jobs. They’ve knocked down our steel plants, they’ve razed them.”

Betras and his nephew, Ernest Barkett, will be driving to Philadelphia together for the convention.

Barkett is a Bernie Sanders delegate and College Democrat. He says he’s excited to attend his first-ever convention.

“This is actually the first presidential campaign I’ve ever been allowed to vote for, to be a part of, so it’s really exciting to really be able to do this full-on.”

Barkett says there are a few things in particular that he’s especially excited for.

“I’m looking forward to being on the floor when they vote on Tuesday night and, of course, Thursday when they make Hillary the chair. I think that’s just experience politics-wise you can’t get anywhere else. I can’t wait to listen to Barack Obama speak.”

Betras and Barkett both say that the most important thing people can do is participate.

“If you care about where you live, if you care about your country, if you wanna honor the people that have died for your right to vote, then get out there and get involved,” Betras said.

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