Hundreds of Hillary Clinton supporters paid hundreds of dollars to watch the presidential candidate speak at a fundraiser Thursday in Holyoke. Supporters said they were not disappointed.
"To have her in our back yard, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Linde Bebe, Westfield resident.
"She covered the array of issues, she really did a wonderful job with it,” said Mary Gail Cokkinias, Longmeadow resident.
About 150 seats were taken, almost 100 more were standing room only. It was an event that drew not only true Clinton fans, but former and current politicians.
"As she is here in Holyoke, I think it's important to remember that when they make policy on the national level it should be designed to help cities like Holyoke,” said Mayor Alex Morse, Holyoke.
Congressman Richard Neal said while Clinton served as a U.S. Senator for New York, that experience can benefit this region if elected.
"Much of it was spent in upstate New York, with cities that would have many challenges similar to those of the Pioneer Valley and I think old New England cities would benefit from a Clinton presidency,” said Neal.
Clinton addressed the opioid crisis plaguing the area. She headed off to Boston following the fundraiser to meet with city officials about overdose deaths.
"She praised the work of our Attorney General, and our sheriffs, and law enforcement in this area,” said Cokkinias.
As of lately, democratic contender and Vermont state senator Bernie Sanders has closed the gap in the poll by tailing Clinton with 15 points.
"I think it's a great experience for my son as well, who is interested in politics and I think about the classic Bill Clinton picture of him shaking hands with Kennedy and how that influenced him,” said Mary-Ann Fitzpatrick, Granby resident.
Sanders will hold a rally in Springfield on Saturday.
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