YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s first campaign stop in Ohio after the Democratic National Convention will be at Youngstown’s East High School.
Clinton and her running mate, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, will be holding a rally at the school as part of a two-day bus tour through Pennsylvania and Ohio. The tour will focus on Clinton’s economic vision for the country and job creation.
“Obviously, any time somebody wants to put a spotlight on Youngstown, we’re very open to doing that,” said CEO Krish Mohip. “If I was running for an office, Youngstown would be on my list too. It’s a great city, it’s got great people.”
Local party chair Dave Betras is in Philadelphia this week for the convention. He has been lobbying for the Clinton campaign to come to the Mahoning Valley, because he says the area is crucial to winning the state in the election.
“People laugh or scoff at me when I say that, but it’s true,” Betras said. “She recognizes this, and the campaign recognizes this and so that’s why the Mahoning Valley is on her radar.”
For Mohip, who is completing his first month on the job as CEO, the Clinton-Kaine visit is an opportunity to show off the school district, which has been struggling financially and academically for over 15 years. He says he would like the chance to tell the candidates what he wants to accomplish.
“We’re on the cusp of greatness and just invite her to come back in the next year or two to see the strides that we’ve made,” Mohip said. “I really do believe that we will be a model for this entire nation to follow.”
Sources say that crews are expected to arrive at East High early Saturday morning to start setting up for the rally, which is scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m. in the school gym and last about an hour.
The doors will open to the public at 5:45 p.m. Saturday. Those interested in attending can RSVP through the Clinton campaign website.
This isn’t the first time a presidential candidate stopped in the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys after a political convention.
In August of 2000, then Republican running mates George W. Bush and Dick Chaney rode into Youngstown on a train, stopping briefly at the B&O Station downtown. The whistle-stop tour also passed through Mahoningtown in Lawrence County and Lowellville.
That year, the Republicans held their convention in the same arena in Philadelphia that the Democrats are using this week.