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Erie County Democrats quick to embrace Clinton's candidacy

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To no one's surprise, Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president and Erie County Democrats are rushing to push her candidacy.

"I'm hitting the road to earn your vote because it's your time and I hope you'll join me on this journey," Clinton said during the recorded announcement which declared her candidacy for President on Sunday.

Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner says his party will be joining the former senator, secretary of state and first lady on her journey, perhaps as early as an Executive Committee meeting on Thursday. That's when he will ask for a formal Clinton endorsement, probably the first in the state.

"She has done a great job of when she was the senator of understanding our needs, whether it was the agricultural community, whether it was the Medical Campus, whether it was Canalside, she was a big partner in what we had to get done," Zellner said. 

"A lot of the economic development today came from a part of her hard work."

Zellner says there will be a lot of support and a lot of enthusiasm, especially from women who worked hard for Clinton in her unsuccessful run eight years ago and have already told him they will be there again, this time.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.