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Local Democratic and Republican leaders react to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' inauguration

3News talked with one Republican, and one Democrat about what President Biden's inauguration means for the country.
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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

CLEVELAND — On this momentous day in history, many politicians from both sides of the aisle are opening up about what this day means to them. 

3News sat down with two local leaders, Lisa Stickan, Chair of Republican Party of Cuyahoga County, and Shontel Brown, Chair for Democrats of Cuyahoga County, to discuss what lies ahead for Northeast Ohioans under a Biden/Harris Administration. 

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"Well, locally, candidly we’re focused on the municipal election cycle upon us and also looking forward to the state-wides in 2022," said GOP's Stickan. "In terms of how the election ran here locally and in terms of just moving forward, I think there will differences of policy. You’ll see local Republicans be part of that discussion and debate and I think that’s the process, part of the process and we will have a voice at the table." 

Brown also commented on the impact of the incoming Biden administration, focusing more on the positive of what is to come for Cuyahoga County. 

"Using their 'Build Back Better' platform, I am confident we will see more resources coming into our city," Brown said. "Being continuously ranked among the poorest in our nation and now with the future appointment of Congresswoman Fudge becoming the Secretary of HUD [Housing and Urban Development], I think we’ll see a dramatic change in the landscape in our region." 

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In terms of what the parties can work together on, the two politicians each gave different answers about compromises for the American people. 

"In terms of working with the administration, or just within Ohio with local legislators, it’s the issues of good government, transparency, economic recovery, economic programs, entrepreneurship, keeping taxes reasonable, making sure people can support their families," Stickan told 3News. "A lot of the policies of the last four years, the positives regarding the economy, those are policies we need to be talking about to ensure success for all Americans, particularly in Ohio." 

"The covid relief, jobs, healthcare, the restoration of our infrastructure" Brown said of the policies at the top of her list. "All those things I think we can gain bipartisan support."

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