Susan Clark-Sestak — the wife of U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa. — will visit Penn State tonight to spark student involvement in politics and discuss the importance of the youth vote.
Clark-Sestak will speak at 7:15 p.m. on the third floor lounge of the HUB-Robeson Center, Sestak aide Jordan Mishkin said.
Sestak, who beat longtime U.S. Senator Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary in May, will face former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey in November.
Clark-Sestak’s stop at Penn State is one of several college visits she will make during a two-day trip across the state in an effort to reach out to youth. April Mellody, a Sestak spokeswoman, said the congressman has focused on colleges because so much is at stake for the state’s youth.
Mellody said campaign members are hoping visits like this will bring young voters to the ballots in high numbers, as was the case in 2008.
She also said another reason for Clark-Sestak’s visit was to register more voters and gather more volunteers for the campaign.
This will not be the first time the Sestak campaign has reached out to Penn State and Centre County. The congressman hosted a conference call with students last week and visited the Centre County Grange Fair and Encampment earlier this month.
The Penn State College Democrats are hosting the event, and group president Rob Ghormoz (junior-political science) said he enjoys hearing from family members of candidates during the campaign season.
“It shows that they aren’t just politicians, but are family members and have commitments like everyone else,” he said. “It’s one of the things we’re most excited about.”