Democrats, GOP making campaign push in Centre County

Democrats opened a statewide “coordinated campaign” office in State College on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
Democrats opened a statewide “coordinated campaign” office in State College on Wednesday, August 10, 2016. adrey@centredaily.com

The 2016 presidential race is coming closer to Centre County with the opening of a new office in State College.

On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Democrats opened their State College coordinated campaign headquarters at 112 W. Foster Ave.

While the office is being billed as a one-stop shop for the Pennsylvania races important to Centre County, the name at the top of the ticket is clearly the most significant. Hillary Clinton’s campaign published the opening on its website, along with a long list of current and upcoming Centre County events such as Penn State phone banks and voter registration pushes.

“Building on her strong support in the primary, we’re in communities including State College energizing and mobilizing voters to elect Hillary Clinton in November,” said Hillary for America Pennsylvania State director Corey Dukes.

“Our organizing team and dedicated volunteers are talking with voters across the state about her plans to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top,” he said. “As president, Donald Trump would tear this country apart and do serious harm to our security and our economy, which is why we’re taking nothing for granted in Pennsylvania.”

However, Trump is the candidate who is making an appearance in central Pennsylvania first.

The Republican nominee announced this week a campaign stop Friday in Altoona.

While no Trump-specific events are planned in Centre County yet, according to the county’s GOP website and calendar, their Facebook page does note campaigning plans this week.

“The next ‘National Day of Action’ is Aug. 13. We’ll be knocking on doors and working the phones. Your time volunteering with us will help make Pennsylvania red this November, prevent Hillary Clinton from getting the keys to the White House and help ensure that America gets back on the right track,” the Republicans said on the social media site.

The project even has a prize.

“The top door knocker across Pennsylvania from Saturday, Aug. 13 to the end of the month will have the opportunity to meet Donald Trump. Will it be you?” the Facebook post said.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce