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Local Democratic Officials Empower College Students

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A panel of current, local office-holders from the Democratic Party spoke to college students from all over Western Pennsylvania, Saturday afternoon at Penn State Behrend.

The Pennsylvania College Democrats Conference aims to empower the political leaders of tomorrow.

"Regardless of if you're a Republican or a Democrat, it's good for you to get involved at a young age," said State Representative, Ryan Bizzarro.  "Political engagement is one of the most important things.  The decisions we make affect your daily lives."

While politicians offered advice, they also had to field some tough questions.

"I've always been wondering, is our work force not skilled enough or is it that wages aren't high enough?" asked Juan Nino, a sophomore at Penn State Behrend.

From the cost of running a campaign, to anti-discrimination HB300, no question was off limits.

Officials were candid in their responses and offered a very real account of what it's like to run for office.  Above all, they urge younger generations to let their voices be heard.

"Regardless of where you side on the political spectrum, it's important to be engaged and to get out there and to really participate," said Bizzarro.

"A really good point they made is if you're not getting involved, you don't really have a right to complain about a decision you don't agree with," said Nino.

This is the first time the PA College Democrats Conference has ever been held in Erie.

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