CLEVELAND — Former Vice President Joe Biden will have two Northeast Ohioans among his guests at tonight's presidential debate in Cleveland.
According to a release from the Biden for President campaign, a small business owner from Cleveland Heights and a service technician from Cleveland will watch the debate between Biden and President Trump inside Samson Pavilion at the Health Education Campus.
Gurneé Green is a small business owner from Cleveland Heights who was highlighted during the Democratic National Convention. He owns the Cleveland Heights fashion boutique Chemistry 11. In addition to being a small business owner, Gurneé is a certified healthcare information technologies analyst and mother of two.
James Evanoff Jr. is a service technician in Cleveland. He has eight years of seniority with United Steel Workers (USW) and works at ArcelorMittal, which was recently acquired by Cleveland Cliffs.
Biden's third guest will be Kristin Urquiza, who shared a powerful story at the Democratic National Convention about losing her father to COVID-19 in Arizona, declaring his “only pre-existing condition was trusting Donald Trump — and for that he paid with his life.” Urquiza is an environmental advocate at Mighty Earth and co-founded the awareness campaign “Marked by COVID.”
"Vice President Biden’s debate night guests represent the working families he will fight for as President, and they each highlight how Donald Trump’s failures to control the virus and save the economy have hurt hard working Americans lives and livelihoods," the campaign said in a statement.
Following the debate, Biden will embark on a train tour known as the “Build Back Better Express.” The journey begins in Cleveland at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday as Biden and his wife, Jill, plan to travel across eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.