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A European delegation visits Lorain

Nov 4, 2008: A European delegation reviews the “election process” at the Lorain County Board of Elections, followed by a visit to one polling location at Southview High School. Tour guides included Mike Ferrer, Joel Arredondo, Richard Romero, LCCC, and U.S. Congresswoman Betty Sutton.

Congresswoman Sutton discoursed about the election and the issues facing the United States. She also discussed how the leadership in U.S. Congress has changed and will continue to change with this election. The Congresswoman asked the group whom they favored in the United States Presidential Election; the group said that if given the chance to vote they’d support Obama. They stated that the United States needs a change. Polls show that over 80 percent of Europeans favor Obama.

Comments included:
“It was an honor for Lorain County to host a European Delegation. I saw the excitement from the visitors and learned how many Europeans feel about America. Which was they believe that it would be best for the United States image to have Obama as President. They estimated that about 80% of Europeans support Obama. Mike Ferrer, Coordinator.

‘I think it was great the international delegation came to Lorain, Ohio. It was impressive—they came to get an idea of the U.S. election process. They said everywhere they went before contained mainly a Caucasian population. They were surprised by Lorain’s diversity of population and culture, especially the Latino population, with leaders such as José Candelario (Director of Board of Elections for Lorain County), Richard Romero (Chairman of the Board, Ohio Latino Affairs Commission), and Mike Ferrer (Coordinator of the Lorain County Hispanic Leadership Conference)’ Joel Arredondo, President of Lorain City Council.

“The group was surprised that our election system was not as advanced as they believed it to be. They talked about how other countries have voter ID cards, which allow you to vote anywhere. One person said you could vote at a gas station/grocery store as long as you had the voter ID card. They were also surprised that voters could only vote in one location; they thought that we could make voting more convenient. I was surprised with their impression of the United States and its political process. Overall it was a wonderful experience and a pleasure to meet an impressive delegation representing six different European countries.” –Richard Romero, Chairman of the Board of the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission. 

Shown in the photo, front row, are: Richard Romero, Gina Corrino, Valerie McGowan – Doyle, LCCC, U.S. Congresswoman Betty Sutton, Annie Marie Therese Johansson (Sweden, member of Parliament, member of the Committee on Constitution), and Joel Arredondo. Back Row: Mike Ferrer is in the far right of the photo, shown with visitors from: Finland Henri Johaness Backman, Counselor, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Coordination Unit of EU and International Affairs; Ireland Ruadhan Liam MacCormiac, Migration Correspondent, The Irish Times; Netherlands – Erdine Sacan, Senior Publisher Manager – TradeDoubler: and Chairman of the Foundation “The New Generation;” RomaniaRadu Costin Vasilica , Counselor, Arges County Council; and Turkey – Amhed Arpat, News Reporter, Kanal D.





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