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Some people in Seneca Falls feel a special connection to the Biden-Harris win

Nov 7, 2020

Brook McDermott, (L), Debra Condon and Jeff Hamilton (taking their photo) in front of the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls on Saturday.
Credit Greg Cotterill/WEOS

Learning on Saturday that Joe Biden is president-elect and Kamala Harris is vice president-elect is exciting to people associated with the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls.

WEOS Reporter Greg Cotterill caught up with three Pennsylvania residents, Brook McDermott, Debra Condon and Jeff Hamilton, who have been planning to celebrate - what they hoped would be - the election of the Biden-Harris ticket.

Condon said that they started planning the trip to the Finger Lakes last month.

“We wanted to be someplace beautiful in a blue state so we went to Skaneateles and rented a place on the lake, and we hunkered down, and we hoped that by the time we left that we would know the news that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would be our president and vice president of the United States." Condon said. "We cannot believe that it worked out the way it did, it’s unbelievable."

Kate Bennett, president of the Board of Trustees for the National Women's Hall of Fame, is particularly focused on Kamala Harris’ election as vice president.

"She’s a woman of diverse background," Bennet said. "A woman is finally vice president-elect. There’s so much history being made today. We have far to go as women, we are behind other nations who have already made women their top leaders, yet this is proof we are making progress.”

Bennett also thinks it is likely someone will nominate Harris to be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Also, the organizers of the annual Seneca Falls Women’s March, which has been held the last several years in January, say that they are now planning a march in celebration of the Biden-Harris win to coincide with their 100th day in office. This year is the 10oth anniversary of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote and the 200th birthday of suffragist leader Susan B. Anthony, who is buried in Rochester's Mt. Hope Cemetery.