YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown-Warren Black Caucus held its annual dinner Friday evening, taking the opportunity to drum up support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
According to the latest numbers, Republican Donald Trump is leading Clinton by a five-point margin in Ohio. The minority community in Youngstown is hoping to change that.
“We want people to know, not just against Trump, but we want people to take a closer look at Hillary Clinton. We know she gets a lot of bad press. She’s not all the excitement, but she’s definitely all the details,” said Jaladah Aslam, president of the Youngstown-Warren Black Caucus.
Former First Lady Frances Strickland was on hand at the YWBC event, helping to drive home Clinton’s campaign message of “stronger together.”
“If we’re going to move to a better life for each other, it’s something that we’re going to have to do together,” she said.
Just last weekend, Trump’s campaign brought the “Women for Trump” tour to Youngstown. It was an effort to not only make a push women’s votes, but African Americans’ as well.
The tour didn’t impress many at Friday’s dinner, including Aslam.
“As Maya Angelou said, ‘When someone shows you who they are the first time, believe them.’ I mean, Mr. Trump is doing nothing but pandering for black votes at this point. It’s quite obvious.”
Supporters say Clinton is the president that the nation and Mahoning Valley need.
“She is a worker. She has always fought for people. She has a long history of working for African American women and children in this nation, since she got out of college. I have not forgotten that,” Aslam said. “I want the rest of the community, particularly the African American community and women, to remember who she is, and what she does and what she stands for.”
The dinner also honored the late Arlette Gatewood, someone caucus members called “a great labor leader and community activist.”
Saturday, Democrats will be canvassing in the area, vying for votes. On the Republican side, spokesperson for the Trump campaign Katrina Pierson will be in Youngstown to kick off an urban outreach event.