Obama to Campaign in Northeast Ohio Next Week

Both presidential candidates plan to visit Northeast Ohio next week, and Obama could be as close as Kent

Local officials are remaining tight-lipped about President Barack Obama's planned visit to Kent next week.

Kent Safety Director William Lillich said city officials were contacted by the president's administration Wednesday about the Democratic incumbent making a stop in the Tree City.

Lillich said he was told the visit is expected to be next Wednesday, but at this point details are unclear about exactly when and where the president will make his campaign stop.

"We’ve been informed when it’s likely to be and that it’s probably going to involve the (Kent State University) campus," Lillich said. "Beyond that, we don’t know."  

Lillich said the Secret Service would coordinate the visit with Kent police and fire administrators.

Officials at Kent State were even tighter-lipped.

"We can neither confirm nor deny the report," Kent State spokesperson Eric Mansfield said. "We have no information to release at this time."

The Columbus Dispatch reported earlier this morning that Republican candidate Mitt Romney also would spend time campaigning in Ohio next week.

Are you a North Canton Patch viewer planning to attend Obama's visit in Kent? Are you interested in blogging about it? Send Local Editor Morgan Day an email at Morgan.Day@patch.com!

Keith Best September 21, 2012 at 01:29 PM
43 straight months of unemployment over 8%. More Americans still out of work than when he took office. It's NOT working. We need a change. Vote Romney/ Ryan to bring prosperity back FOR ALL AMERICANS!!!!!
Trisha Riley September 21, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Forget Romney!
Rene Holmes September 22, 2012 at 01:16 AM


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