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Bill Clinton to campaign in Depew this week

Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for his wife, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, in Depew and Rochester on Tuesday.

The Clinton campaign announced Sunday that the former president will make a daylong campaign swing Tuesday, starting with a morning event in Elmont, Nassau County, followed by the afternoon appearances in Western New York.

He is scheduled to appear in Depew at the Grapevine, 333 Dick Road, at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday.

“We thought we’d have it in a location that was easy to get to and a strong Democratic neck-of-the-woods,” said Erie County Democratic chairman Jeremy J. Zellner.

Clinton then will travel to Rochester for a 5 p.m. event at Laborers Union Local 435, 20 Fourth St. Guests can RSVP for both the Depew and Rochester events at hillaryclinton.com.

The Clinton campaign has billed the sessions as “organizing events,” geared toward boosting enthusiasm among Hillary Clinton’s supporters before New York’s Democratic primary April 19.

“President Clinton will discuss why Hillary Clinton is the best candidate to raise wages and break down all the barriers holding families back as president,” the Clinton campaign said in a news release.

Hillary Clinton, who represented New York in the Senate for eight years before serving as secretary of state in President Obama’s first term, is facing a heated challenge for the Democratic nomination from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“There’s been many years when national campaigns have ignored New York altogether, and specifically Western New York, so the fact that we have a real, live primary here that means something is like candy to chairmen like me,” Zellner said. “To have people engaged on both sides, involved and plugged in to government, politics and campaigning and out doing their civic duty is a dream come true for me.”

Hillary Clinton will be in the Albany area Monday, and is expected to come to Buffalo herself Friday. That appearance is likely to take place in the afternoon at a downtown Buffalo venue, Zellner said.

“I think it’s going to be an exciting week to be an Erie County Democrat,” he said. “I think what you’re seeing is the Clinton campaign is taking nothing for granted across the country. In big states that she’s done very well in, she’s still spent a lot of time there.”

Hillary Clinton holds a strong lead in delegates over Sanders, who is still posing a serious challenge to her in New York and other coming primary states. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found Clinton with a 12-point lead over Sanders in New York, which is far smaller than the lead she held in earlier polls.

The county Democrats’ executive committee unanimously endorsed Hillary Clinton about a year ago, Zellner said.

“We have been onboard from Day One,” he said. “We’re playing a large role in her campaign statewide and nationally. We’re excited to go to the convention in Philadelphia to represent her. But, again, we’re taking nothing for granted. We’re working awfully hard to get to the required number of delegates, and by no means is this over.”

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