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Local Party Leaders Share Their Thoughts Ahead of Inauguration

Party leaders on both sides of the aisle said they've been waiting anxiously for Inauguration Day, ready to embrace the next four years.

Posted: Jan 19, 2021 10:55 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2021 10:26 AM

With just hours before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America, local party leaders weigh in on recent events, Inauguration Day and the dawn of a new administration.

"Very excited to see the new administration come in," Vice Chair of the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party Nick Iaccarino said.

He shared his thoughts over possible unrest.

"I am confident with both the National Guard and our police force in the capital, they'll be able to control the situation," Iaccarino said. "My hope is they'll be better prepared than they were a couple of weeks ago; I hope they've learned from some of their errors a couple of weeks ago and we see things unfold smoothly."

Newly-elected president of Evansville's City Council Republican Ron Beane hopes the day won't be a repeat of the Janurary 6 Captiol chaos.

"All of us are probably anxious for the same thing, for a safe drama free transition of power from one president to another," he said.  

He said a smooth transition will help move the country forward.

"The last four years have been very troubling for a lot of people in this country and i think Joe Biden and Vice Presdent Kamala Harris will come in at full speed" Beane said. "I think they've got a lot of people lined up to do a lot of things."

But a new administration means new policies. That raises some concerns for Vanderburgh County's Republican Party Chair Wayne Parke.

"To make sure he maintains the good economy that was set up here prior to the pandemic and also a little concerned about some of the foreign policy issues," Parke said. "The border crossing situation, I think we need to be very careful about letting people in here in regards to that."

Despite any party differences however, all three agree on one thing.

"Get beyond the division," Iaccarino said. "I think it represents really a key point for our country and just being able to build back those bridges."

"Tomorrow will be a good day," Beane said. "It will be a proud day for America and a very positive turn-the-corner kind of day."

"It's Biden's time," Parke said. "We all need to get behind and support the president and he needs to fully recognize that he represents all the American people."

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