YOUNGSTOWN — Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden's supporters were undeterred by the wet weather when the campaign bus stopped in Youngstown Monday evening.
Supporters picked up campaign swag featuring Biden and vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris and took photos in front of the bus, emblazoned with "Biden-Harris: Battle for the Soul of the Nation," which parked at Academy for Urban Scholars on Market Street after stopping in Columbus and Canton earlier in the day.
The bus is headed to Steubenville, Clairsville and Marietta today.
Making a stop on Youngstown's South Side sent a message to the Academy's students, said school director Sabrina Jones.
"We serve students that are from the community, and a lot of times our students don't understand the importance of voting, as well as they don't think that they matter. So by being able to have the Biden bus here, it lets them know that they matter," Jones said.
Local Democratic candidates were present, including state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-58th; 59th District state representative candidate Chris Stanley; and Mahoning County Commissioners Anthony Traficanti and Dave Ditzler.
Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown also made an appearance.
Rob Simmons of Youngstown won't turn 18 for a few months and thus can't vote in November, but he made sure his voting-age peers are registered. Simmons and his mother, Andrea Simmons, ventured out to meet the bus Monday.
"I feel like it's important to come out because it's really good to get these areas energized, let all the people know to get out and vote. It's important to do. It's important to play your part in our democracy," he said.