LORAIN — Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine will make a campaign stop Thursday at Lorain High School.
Kaine, a Democratic senator from Virginia, will be joined by U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., in the school’s Auxiliary Gym, according to a news release from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
His visit is the first scheduled event in Lorain County by a candidate from the president/vice president race for either party. Kaine’s counterpart on the Republican ticket, Gov. Mike Pence, made an unscheduled stop at an Amherst deli earlier this month but that has been all this election cycle.
“We’re excited to be the host of such an important event and thrilled to be able to provide this for our community,” Lorain Schools spokeswoman Erin Gadd said.
The release said the event will begin at 12:15 p.m. with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. Those interested in attending the event at the school on Ashland Avenue can sign up on the campaign’s website.
Kaine and Franken, a former comedian and star of “Saturday Night Live,” will be urging voters to cast their ballots early, according to the release.
“Kaine will lay out the stakes of November’s election and outline his and Clinton’s vision of an America that is stronger together, with an economy that works for all, not just those at the top,” the release said.
Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer, a Democrat, said he’s glad Kaine will be stopping in Lorain, especially after the city was featured in a “60 Minutes” segment over the weekend.
“Mid-size cities, particularly in a state like Ohio, are going to be crucial,” he said.
Neither Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump nor Clinton has made it to Lorain County during the campaign cycle, although Clinton campaigned in the county during the 2008 Democratic primary eventually won by President Barack Obama.
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