Erie County Democrats gathered on Saturday to listen as Hillary Clinton entered into the official beginning of her run for the presidency. Until now, the Clinton campaign has been in what’s referred to as a "ramp-up" phase.
Speaking at New York City’s Roosevelt Island, Clinton unveiled the four principles on which her campaign will stand: reforming campaign finance, strengthening national security, building the economy, and supporting families and communities. Erie County Democratic Committee Chairman Jeremy Zellner said she brought a message of equality and inclusion.
"You just see on the other side attacks, and negativity, and exclusion and top to bottom economics," said Zellner. "I think what the Secretary spoke about was including everyone in economic growth, building the economy so that everyone has a chance to achieve the American Dream.”
This is the second time the former Secretary of State has run for the office. Zellner said this time is different for Clinton, since she has a top-notch organization at her disposal, and the help of campaign manager Robby Mook.
“There’s a lot more energy and a lot more emphasis on technology than there was before," Zellner said. "Our organization has been helping them build lists and work with people right on the ground here in Erie County, and we’re trying to encourage folks to get involved right now for next year’s election, because before we know it, it’s going to be January and we’ll be traveling out of state to help her win the primaries.”
Clinton is expected to face off against Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee in the Democratic Primary. Zellner said the interest and support the committee has been gaining for Clinton's Campaign in Erie County has has been robust.