The former mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, made a stop in Springfield on Tuesday afternoon to stump for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Alvin Brown, who served as mayor from 2001 to 2015, is campaigning as part of the “Ohio Cities Stronger Together” bus tour, which also stopped in Cincinnati, Chillicothe and Dayton. The multi-day event will stop at cities across the state, including Toledo, Akron, Cleveland and Columbus this week.
Brown, Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland and Alex Wendt, the democratic nominee for the Ohio House of Representatives 79th district, addressed the crowd of about 50 at the Ohio Together office, 42 W. High St. All three spoke about the importance of Clinton’s economic plan and the impact it will have on Ohio’s urban core.
Clinton plans to commit $275 billion to put people back to work in the United States, said Brown, a Democrat. By supporting start-ups and women- and minority-owned businesses, Clinton will help cities prosper, he said.
“She knows the cities are a place of innovation, creativity, the economic engine of our community all across the country,” Brown said. “She wants to put America back to work and that starts by working with everyone.”
Brown also called Clinton “the most qualified person to run for president in the history of this country,” who just happens to be a woman.
“It’s about time we had a woman president in this country,” Brown said.
Springfield has lost about $4.5 million over the last three years because of legislative actions by Republican Governor John Kasich in Columbus, Copeland said.
“We need a president who cares about cities and Hillary Clinton does,” Copeland said.
Republican nominee Donald Trump’s plan to cut taxes will grow the economy and get people working again, Clark County Republican Party Chair Lynda Smith said.
“If you cut taxes on small businesses and corporations so they can actually grow their business, they’re going to hire more people,” Smith said. “Once we get the economy growing, it will be better for Ohio.”
Trump will also change regulations to make them more common sense, Smith said:
“The economy isn’t growing so I think we need to try a different approach.”
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