The Pennsylvania presidential primary election won’t happen until April 28, but Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign clearly plans to still be around then.
Besides his planned visit Oct. 22 to Scranton, Biden’s campaign announced today that 15 Democrats well-known in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties have endorsed him for the White House.
From Lackawanna County, the Biden endorsers are state Sen. John Blake, state Rep. Marty Flynn, state Rep. Bridget Kosierowski, state Rep. Kyle Mullins, county Recorder of Deeds Evie Rafalko McNulty, County Clerk of Judicial Records Mauri Kelly, county Register of Wills Fran Kovaleski and county Sheriff Mark McAndrew.
Former U.S. Rep. Chris Carney, who lives in Susquehanna County but used to represent part of Lackawanna, also endorses Biden.
From Luzerne County, the endorsers are state Sen. Sen. John Yudichak,
state Rep. Mike Carroll, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski and county council members Jane Walsh Waitkus and Patrick Bilbow.
Other Lackawanna County residents who have already endorsed Biden include U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Scranton and Rep. Matt Cartwright of Moosic.
These endorsements don’t mean much for now, but they could matter later in the battle for delegates if the Democratic primary turns into a drawn-out fight as it did in 2008 and 2016.