November 25, 2022

Local political party leaders weigh in on midterm elections

Local political party leaders said they were learning from the results of the midterm elections.

Reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of the election campaign, party leaders on both sides agree that there is room for improvement and plan to implement changes in the upcoming elections.

The local Democratic Party and GOP chairmen said they were learning from the midterm elections.

Joe Morris, a political analyst, said he was most surprised by the results of the U.S. Senate race from Pennsylvania. He added that he expected the Dr. Oz/Fetterman race to be closer and that nationally the Democratic Party did better than expected.

“Despite the fact that we have a struggling economy, inflation almost out of control, all of those things that would suggest the Democrats should have lost a lot of contests yesterday, just didn’t happen. I think that says a lot about the direction Democrats are heading,” said Joe Morris, a political analyst at Mercyhurst University.

Democratic Party Chairman Jim Wertz said he was encouraged by the results of the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races. Wertz praised the Shapiro and Fetterman campaigns.

Meanwhile, Republican Party Chairman Tom Eddy said he was pleased with the outcome of the 4th District race, where voters elected Republican candidate Jake Banta to represent their district.

Leaders of both political parties said there was room for improvement in the upcoming elections.

“I think when we talk about getting out in the county and re-energizing rural Democrats here in Erie County, it’s about connecting with values. That means we have a lot of work to do in the offseason,” said Democratic Party Chairman Jim Wertz.

“I think our strength is that we’re starting to build our reputation, letting people know we’re there. For example, this office we’re in would normally close for six months. This office is not closing for another six months,” said Tom Eddy, chairman of the Republican Party.

Leaders of both parties said they were encouraged by voter turnout, especially for a year of midterm elections.