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Voters tout Biden on Golden Strip, Trump on Loyalsock Avenue

Dan Maneval of Williamsport shows his support for the BIden/Harris ticket at a rally along the Golden Strip on Saturday morning. KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

Ahead of Republican President Donald Trump’s visit to Montoursville Saturday night, his supporters gathered at the corner of Loyalsock and Jordan avenues in Montoursville — while a few miles away the supporters of Democratic nominee Joe Biden rallied along Loyalsock Township’s Golden Strip.

The management of the response to COVID-19 was one of the factors that brought Cindy Brindger, Ross Hemmendinger and Chris Bastress, all of Williamsport, out to Loyalsock Township to support Biden.

“He’s promising to be responsible for managing the COVID-19 response,” Hemmendinger said. “I like the fact that he represents some kind of responsibility in the White House.”

“He understands what we need to be doing,” Brindger said of Biden’s pandemic plans.

“I have been a long-time Republican and I’ve been very disillusioned by the Republican Party,” she said. “We’re in a bad way right now. It’s going to take some time to recover.”

Maria Pulizzi of Williamsport shows her support for President Trump along Jordan Avenue on Saturday. KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

“There’s a whole lot of issues that are pretty important to us,” Brad Deacon said along the Golden Strip, mentioning preserving the Affordable Care Act and standing up for equality for women, minorities and the LGBT communities specifically.

Meanwhile in Montoursville, Maria Pulizzi, of Williamsport, and grassroots organizer Jeff Stroehmann cited building the wall, lowering taxes, bringing troops home, defending the Second Amendment and Christian values and promoting energy independence and opportunity zones as reasons they support Trump.

“I’m a Republican,” Jason Burke, of Montoursville, said. “I believe in what he stands for. I believe in America. We’re just out here showing our support for the country and for our president.”

“We’ve been working since June to help him get reelected,” Pulizzi said. “He’s the most pro-life president ever. He’s made good on all of his promises.”

“So many people are excited about this rally,” Stroehmann said.

Joe Biden supporters line the Golden Strip in Loyalsock Township on Saturday morning. KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

Continue to follow sungazette.com and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette for ongoing coverage of Saturday’s rally and of the 2020 election.

President Trump supporters set up a tent next the Trump car named "Fast Freddy" along Jordan Avenue, in preparation for tonight's crowd for the Trump rally at the airport. KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

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