Lordstown students learn about political conventions from delegates

Local delegates encouraged Lordstown High School students to get involved with politics, regardless of their party affiliation

Delegates spoke with Lordstown High School students.

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Lordstown High School students had the chance to revisit what happened at the Republican and Democratic national conventions over the summer by talking to delegates from each party on Monday.

Delegates aren’t there to just vote for a particular candidate, but say they’re really more like an ambassador. One of their primary goals is to represent the Mahoning Valley.

Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni spent the week of the DNC in Philadelphia. He says it was a busy week that he’ll never forget, and gave him the chance to talk about good things going on in the Valley.

“Kind of used it as a networking for our area to talk to delegates from all over the country, and there was people all over the world there. So we got good exposure for Youngstown.”

Craig Bonar says the same thing happens at the RNC. He’s been a delegate at three GOP conventions from 2000 to 2012.

“It gave us an opportunity, obviously, to meet a lot of people within the convention and people from all over the United States, which I thought was one of the greatest opportunities.”

Bonar found that he could offer a unique perspective, something that a lot of party leaders were interested in hearing.

“We’re from a strongly Democrat area, so a Republican in a Democrat area’s point of view is important to share that throughout the country.”

The message to kids on Monday was the same, though: no matter which party you’re for, be willing to take on a role.

“I’m trying to come to the class today to tell them about the importance of getting involved locally with politics, get involved in national elections, so getting involved at every single level,” Schiavoni said.

The school’s political history club put on the event and has big plans between now and Election Day.

On Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., the club is hosting a candidates’ night at Lordstown High School. The forum will feature candidates running for state representative and state senate.

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