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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton

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Governor Ted Strickland

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Bruce Zoldan

By David Skolnick

CANFIELD — Former President Bill Clinton will be the featured guest today at a dinner to raise money for Gov. Ted Strickland’s re-election bid at the Canfield home of local businessman Bruce Zoldan.

The event is expected to raise between $100,000 and $150,000 for Strickland, who actively campaigned for Clinton’s wife, Hillary, during her failed 2008 bid to be the Democratic presidential nominee.

Those attending the event, which is expected to start about 8 p.m., are asked to pay at least $1,000 per ticket, Zoldan said.

“That’s very reasonable for a former president of the United States,” Zoldan said. “President Clinton is very appreciative of [Strickland’s] support [in 2008], and he’s going to do what he can to help the governor.”

Zoldan said he is pleased to help Strickland and once again host Clinton at his house.

“I’m just helping my friends,” he said. “It’s always an honor to have a former president in our community.”

Clinton raised about $150,000 for his wife’s presidential campaign during a March 11, 2008, event at Zoldan’s 11,871-square-foot, 13-room Canfield house.

The event is closed to the media at the request of Clinton, according to Strickland’s campaign.

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras, who is attending today’s event and was at Zoldan’s home during Clinton’s last visit, said: “I’m excited to speak to the president and tell him about the concerns and needs of the Mahoning Valley.”

Polls show a statistical dead-heat between Strickland, a Democrat, and former U.S. Rep. John Kasich, the leading Republican gubernatorial candidate, in the November 2010 election.


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