UPDATE: Obama to Stop in Kent

Both presidential candidates plan to visit Northeast Ohio next week

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.

Follow Kent Patch for updates on the president's forthcoming visit.

The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! September 25, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Hal, I have no advice for you but I think it's a wonderful idea. You're a talented musician and please, ignore all the ridiculous comments people have posted. I hope you get to perform for him. You're one of Kent's gems!
David Seaton January 25, 2013 at 03:06 AM
I think Obama typically stays in Chicago :)
David Seaton January 25, 2013 at 03:07 AM
I think Obama just likes to stay in Chicago :)
BULLDOG January 25, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Resident of Kent January 25, 2013 at 04:17 PM
WHY am I still receiving updates regarding this post when no-one has even posted since September? Odd.


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