|Hillary Clinton (left) and former state senator Nina Turner, a Cleveland Democrat who is now the chair of political engagement for the Ohio Democratic Party|
CLEVELAND, Ohio -Former state senator Nina Turner, a Cleveland Democrat who lost a bid last year for secretary of state and is now the chair of political engagement for the Ohio Democratic Party, is the keynote speaker for a rally and fundraiser in Cleveland on Feb 16 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm by the Ready for Hillary political action committee. (To R.S.V.P. and purchase tickets for the political gathering at Ready for Hillary.Com CLICK HERE ).
The event, which embraces the theme 'Cleveland for Hillary Clinton,' and adds fodder to widespread speculation that Clinton will in fact enter the race for president, will be held at the Market Garden Brewery at 1947 West 25th Street in the Ohio City neighborhood on the city's west side.
The host committee includes state Reps. Janine Boyd (D-9), a Cleveland Heights Democrat, and Kent Smith( D-8), a Euclid Democrat, and Democratic caucus women Janet Carson, Cindy Demsey, Cory Shawver, Angela Shuckahosee, and political heavyweight Lynnie Powell, the regional political director for the ODP.
Tickets for the fundraiser are $20.16, a figure that symbolically represents the year 2016, which is the year of the upcoming presidential election.
Politico reported Monday that Clinton, who won the Ohio Democratic primary in 2008 but lost the Democratic nomination for president to now President Barack Obama, has already approved a budget and moved ahead with campaign hires. She will officially announce her run for president in April, the report says.
If Clinton were to run, and subsequently win, she would become America's first female president. Ohio is a pivotal state for presidential elections, and perception wise may be the most notable state for Democratic and Republican presidential wannabe's to court.
ODP Chairman David Pepper announced earlier this month that the state Democratic party is on a mission to support, through funding and other initiatives, local Democratic races for city council and other local offices in 2015, an effort, Democrats have said, to galvanize Democrats statewide from a grassroots perspective.