Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.

Sean Candela, 62, has lived in Erie his whole life, and owns two restaurants near the entrance of Presque Isle State Park. Its beach was recently voted the number one freshwater beach in the country, and the park is considered one Erie's gems, drawing a flood of tourists in the summer time to businesses like Candela's. He named his restaurants after his mother, Sara. "When I get tired, you think, well, you don't want anybody saying anything bad about your mother. So it gives you a little bit of extra energy," he says. 
Candela has not decided which presidential candidate he'll vote for this year, though as a business owner, one of his top priorities is to be able to do his job "with as little interference as possible." He says he understands both Donald Trump's and Bernie Sanders' appeal. But, he adds: "There's appeal and there's reality. Can anybody in the system get a lot accomplished anymore?"
Sean Candela, 62, has lived in Erie his whole life, and owns two restaurants near the entrance of Presque Isle State Park. Its beach was recently voted the number one freshwater beach in the country, and the park is considered one Erie's gems, drawing a flood of tourists in the summer time to businesses like Candela's. He named his restaurants after his mother, Sara. "When I get tired, you think, well, you don't want anybody saying anything bad about your mother. So it gives you a little bit of extra energy," he says. 
Candela has not decided which presidential candidate he'll vote for this year, though as a business owner, one of his top priorities is to be able to do his job "with as little interference as possible." He says he understands both Donald Trump's and Bernie Sanders' appeal. But, he adds: "There's appeal and there's reality. Can anybody in the system get a lot accomplished anymore?"

    JUST WATCHED

    Both Sanders and Trump have an audience in Erie

MUST WATCH

Both Sanders and Trump have an audience in Erie

Sean Candela thinks some of the campaign rhetoric lacks pragmatism. He sees why two seeming opposites are giving voice to the disenfranchised.

Both Sanders and Trump have an audience in Erie

Sean Candela thinks some of the campaign rhetoric lacks pragmatism. He sees why two seeming opposites are giving voice to the disenfranchised.