Local Residents Go to D.C. for Inauguration Events

Donald Trump's Inauguration
Posted at 5:55 PM, Jan 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-18 14:44:15-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Friday will be a day for the history books, and while many of us will be tuning in for the inauguration of President Donald Trump, some local residents are heading to Washington D.C. to be a part of the action.

Clint Pate is one of these residents. Pate is Jackson County resident, a republican, and was chosen as an electoral voter for the state of Florida.

He is confident that Trump's presidency will look much different than what we've seen in the past, but in a way that will help America. He believes that strengthening our military and bringing jobs back to the country are two of the biggest topics that will help make America great again.

For Pate, seeing the inauguration in person is a perfect way for him to see things come full circle.

"Well actually, I went to the National Convention in Cleveland and then being an electoral. Being at the inauguration, I think that was just a way to complete everything. It's been an honor and a great experience to be involved in all this," says Clint Pate, the Chairman of Jackson County Republican Party.

Not everyone agrees with Pate's point of view. In fact, another resident WTXL spoke to felt the exact opposite. 

River Spencer has not been politically active, until about two months ago when she heard about the Women's March on Washington the day after inauguration day.

For Spencer, who works in the heath care field, she is concerned that health care will be stripped away from millions.

In addition, she is very concerned about women's rights and the rights of LGBTQ members. Spencer fears that we will be taking a huge step back when it comes to those rights.

For her, this march is just one small step to try to make a difference. 

"My plans are to go up to Washington and be with a bunch of friends that are going to be there, as well as apparently hundreds of thousands of other women just to make sure that Mr. Trump and the republican party and those in power are aware that we women are listening. We're watching and we're going to be very vocal," says River Spencer, a Tallahassee resident and democrat.

Spencer did say that she may decide to stay politically involved, but on a much more local level.

Whichever side you're on, history will be made this weekend.