Big-name Democrats stop in Erie for the party’s annual spring dinner

(WJET) – Pennsylvania’s primary election is less than a week away. On Wednesday, some high-profile Democrats were in Erie for the party’s annual spring dinner. WJET traveled to Erie County Democratic Headquarters for a preview.

Among those big names was attorney Josh Shapiro, who is the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor. Shapiro is running unopposed in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial primary.

Shapiro arrived in the evening at the Erie County Democratic Party headquarters on State Street. He addressed a crowd of supporters with Austin Davis, whom he endorsed for the post of Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania.

Shapiro said polls indicate Doug Mastrinio will be his opponent in the general election.

Although he is running unopposed in the primary election, he said it was important that all registered voters stand up and vote on Tuesday because what is at stake in this election is high.

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“The reality is that we need to act now in Pennsylvania to help consumers. We should repeal nuisance tax like the cellphone tax, help seniors stay in their homes by doubling the property tax rebate on rent, and give every Pennsylvanian who owns a car a $250 rebate. Let’s put money back in people’s pockets to offset rising costs,” said Shapiro, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

Asked about running against Shapiro in the general election, Mastriano said, “We’re going to beat him so hard we’re going to smoke him like a bad cigar.”

Moments ago, Shapiro reacted to this quote.

“I think the stakes have never been higher. It’s pretty clear that he will be my opponent and the differences couldn’t be starker. I’m going to bring this fight to the good people of Pennsylvania and show them the difference” , Shapiro said.

John Fetterman and Connor Lamb are among the other high-profile candidates expected at Wednesday’s dinner.

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