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Local Democrats to host Clinton fundraiser November 10

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Local Democratic Party leadership is confirming that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in Buffalo early next month to attend a fundraiser supporting her presidential campaign.

The fundraiser will take place on November 10. As of Friday morning, the venue was not yet finalized.  

Prominent local Democrats, as well as representatives of women's and LGBT groups, are expected to be in attendance.

Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner is just one of many key party members who have already expressed support for Clinton's bid for the White House.

Her experience as a former U.S. Senator representing New York, he says, makes her the region's best choice.

"She will know our elected officials. She will know our community issues that we can call her and talk to her directly about," Zellner said. "Congressman Higgins is close to the Secretary, and our county executive and our mayor know her very well."

But what did she actually do for Western New York as a U.S. Senator? Zellner says a lot of the development seen today got its start on her watch.

"A lot of things that are happening now with out waterfront, with the medical corridor, with Artspace, with a lot of our agricultural farms that are happening took place when she was the senator," Zellner said. "It started at root there, working with Congressman Higgins, working with our mayors Byron Brown and Tony Masiello. There's a lot of things that she started a while back that are coming to fruition now."

The announcement of Clinton's forthcoming fundraiser comes just after her 11-hour questioning on Capitol Hill about Benghazi and her email issues. WBFO asked Zellner if that marathon session, which he called politically motivated, might serve to further unify his party.

"Many people and many women call me and say 'we are going to be at that event and we saw what happened yesterday. She stood strong, we're going to stand by her'," Zellner said.