Beto O’Rourke’s labor roundtable moved to Lordstown

Event originally to be held at AFL-CIO in Niles

LORDSTOWN — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is still coming Wednesday to Trumbull County, but will have a labor roundtable in Lordstown rather than in Niles.

The campaign announced Monday that the event will be at Lordstown High School with doors opening at 3 p.m. But like the original plan, when it was going to be at the Mahoning-Trumbull AFL-CIO Labor Council headquarters in Niles, this will be closed to the public, according to the campaign.

Bill Padisak, the council’s president who is helping coordinate the event, said it was done for logistical reasons.

O’Rourke has two events in Pittsburgh before the Mahoning Valley stop and ends the day with a town hall at Kent State University. It’s easier to have a Valley stop in Lordstown than to travel to Niles, Padisak said.

The campaign didn’t comment Monday on the possibility of the former Texas congressman visiting United Auto Workers on the picket line outside the idled General Motors facility in Lordstown. O’Rourke’s Tuesday schedule in Ohio starts with a visit to striking UAW workers in West Chester. That GM facility was idled in May. O’Rourke will then have a community meeting in Dayton followed by a town hall at Ohio State University in Columbus.

O’Rourke will meet Wednesday with about 15 local labor members at Lordstown High School, including those who worked at the GM plant in the village, Padisak said.

“This is a closed event,” Padisak said “It’s not a rally and not open to the public.”

This is O’Rourke’s second visit to Trumbull County as a presidential candidate. He made an unannounced stop March 18 at the UAW Local 1112 union hall to talk privately to Dave Green, then the union’s president.

O’Rourke is polling at 3.3 percent nationally among Democratic presidential candidates, according to RealClearPolitics.com. That puts him in sixth place.


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