As the deadline for voter registration approaches, locals were anxious Saturday to hear about the issues affecting them during the 2016 presidential election from the daughter of one of the candidates.

Chelsea Clinton touched on Hillary Clinton's views on the opioid crisis, college debt, crumbling economies and criticism from Republican opponent Donald Trump during a speech at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

From inside Heritage Hall, Chelsea Clinton took questions from about 75 audience members about the importance of every ballot on Nov. 8.

She said this election became especially crucial after she became a mom and realized how much the 45th President of the United States would shape her children's lives.

“This election to me is fundamentally about my children," she said. "This election is so intensely personal to me because I’m now a parent. I worry that everything I care most about is at stake in this election."

Supporters who attended the event stressed Hillary Clinton's qualification for the presidency.

"There's a lot of misconceptions about Hillary," said Frank Fantauzzo, chairman of the Cambria County Democratic Party. "Hillary has been around, she has more experience than anybody else. But we've got an uphill battle."

"She's spent her whole life working for normal people," said Kathy Burkett of Johnstown, a volunteer with the Cambria County Democratic Party who was helping people register to vote.

Nick and Yvonne Burns of Richland, representing the steelworkers' union, also were present at Hillary Clinton's private event at Johnstown Wire Technologies in July and were hopeful to hear Chelsea Clinton talk about college tuition. They have one child in college and another who will be soon.

"That's a big issue with us," Yvonne Burns said. "This is the perfect setting for it right here."

Crown American CEO Mark Pasquerilla attended Chelsea Clinton's speech in anticipation of the first presidential debate at New York's Hofstra University on Monday, which he will attend as a special guest of Hillary Clinton's campaign.

"It's going to be a historical event," he said. "I'm proud to be a Republican in support of Hillary Clinton."

Pasquerilla said he disagrees with Trump's divisive stances on issues and the harsh language he has used throughout his campaign.

"We need someone who's going to bring people together," Pasquerilla said. "I think we need a solid commander in chief."

The shock of hate-filled speech has started to wear off as the election continues, Chelsea Clinton said.

"All of that should be horrific to us," she said. "And I'm worried that we're losing some of that horror."

Chelsea Clinton touched on the public's criticism of her mom directly at different points throughout the speech, which she said she's witnessed since childhood.

"My whole life there's been this huge disconnect between the person I'm so proud of and the person being attacked," she said. "The caricature has no relation to the mother I know as my mom."

Chelsea Clinton's appearance marks the third time the Clinton campaign has come through the area. In April, former President Bill Clinton visited the UPJ campus to campaign for his wife ahead of the Pennsylvania primary. He joined Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine for the private event in July at Johnstown Wire Technologies.

​Jocelyn Brumbaugh is a reporter for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @JBrumbaughTD.

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