On this episode of Podward State, hosts Matthew Paolizzi, Samuel Brungo, and associate producer Jordan Mansberger are joined by 2021 State College Mayoral Candidate Ezra Nanes.
Nanes starts out the show talking about his wife, Mieke Haeck, and her question on ABC’s live town hall with Joe Biden back in October of 2020. He lets us in on the experience and what it meant for both their family and for the LGBTQ+ community. This discussion leads into Nanes' past experience with politics and how he got involved in the political world.
Ezra then tells us about why he chose to run for mayor. He dives into certain issues in State College, and some places where he feels our community is falling behind. This transitions into what he's running on, what he wants to change, and some of his overall policies.
Finally, Nanes talks about what makes a good mayor, his strengths in this campaign, and what sets him apart from his competition, long time State College school board member Jim Leous. Ezra then closes out the show by telling us information about his campaign, how to stay in touch with him, and what information residents need to know about the election.
Podward State is an Onward State-produced podcast. Onward State is an independent, student-run Penn State news site that works to generate honest conversation in the hopes of enriching the Penn State community.
The show was founded by Matthew Ogden, Matthew Paolizzi, and Mitchell Stewart in 2019. They have covered a plethora of topics and hosted numerous guests including Tom Verducci, Lisa Salters, Don Roy King, Ezra Nanes, Jordan Hill, Journey Brown, Bill Belton, Adam Breneman, DJ Newbill, and many more.
Podward State releases episodes weekly and features discussions about all things Penn State, including sports, news, student life, and entertainment which will be available on Spotify and YouTube.