Giannini: Doesn’t have to be 2 Republicans
¯ Why are you running for office?
¯ You’re a senior systems engineer at Pennsylvania General Energy. Why do you now want to get involved with county government? It appears as if Commissioner Eggleston is doing all of the work for your joint campaign. Are you serious about running for this office?
¯ What experiences in your background would you highlight as preparing you for this position?
¯ Why did you choose to align yourself with Commissioner Eggleston? Did you sign on with Commissioner Eggleston specifically to block another individual’s candidacy? Do you see a scenario where you and Eggleston can both be elected?
¯ What do you see in the future for Warren County? What do you hope to accomplish if elected to a term?
Paul Giannini thinks this could be the cycle when two Democrats could be elected as Warren County commissioners.
With a strong Republican voting majority in Warren County and space for two candidates from each party to appear on the general election ballot, the commissioners’ board typically ends up with two Republicans and one Democrat.
But, that is just the usual result. It doesn’t have to be that way. It could be that three Republicans get more votes than any Democrats. Three Democrats. Two Democrats and one Republican. Or third party commissioners could be elected.
When Giannini and incumbent Democrat Jeff Eggleston decided to run together, they knew all that.
“Do I see a scenario where we both could be elected?” he said. “Yes. But that’s up to the voters.”
“The moons align,” he said. “I think we have three polarizing candidates, so there’s no problem with putting up two strong Democrats on the ticket to give people a choice.”
“Out of all of the commissioners, I think Commissioner Eggleston works the hardest,” Giannini said. “I think he’s brought the most to the table. I’m proud that I can do a joint campaign with him.”
The two have worked together before.
“I campaigned with him when I ran for city council,” Giannini said. “He helped on my campaign. I helped on his campaign when he ran for county commissioner.”
“I believe we have similar goals and we just want what’s best for the county,” he said.
Commissioner would be a political step for Giannini, but not a huge one. He has been elected to office in Warren.
“I’m already on City Council,” he said. “With that experience and the current makeup of our commissioners’ office, I decided to run for county commissioner to see if I could help out in the county.”
His candidacy with Eggleston is a joint campaign — neither is taking on all the work nor expecting all the votes.
“Just to get through this primary, which is contested, you have to be serious,” Giannini said. “We’re putting in a lot of work to get there — fund-raising and meeting with constituents.”
“I don’t believe Commissioner Eggleston is doing everything in our joint campaign,” he said. “We talk and spend a lot of time working on our campaign.”
He is ready to bring solutions to county problems.
“I come from an engineering background,” Giannini said.
“To get a degree in engineering, the number one thing you need to do is problem-solving. If you can’t solve problems, you won’t become an engineer.”
“Pretty much my whole background has been with solving problems,” he said. “That’s why I’ve gotten into local politics — to see if my problem-solving background can help in that situation.”
He gives the current commissioners credit, but he would like to bring his problem-solving skills to bear and help make Warren County a more vibrant place.
“I feel like we’ve been stagnant for a while,” Giannini said. “This last round of commissioners — they’ve been really pro-active, at least trying new things from the commissioner position that I don’t think that I saw happening before.”
“If elected, I’d like to see new businesses, population growth, happy citizens,” he said. “That’s why we get involved in local politics.”