Tim Hogan, a member of the five person team traveling the state of Nevada on behalf of Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, pulled into Ely at 1 p.m. on July 20. Walking into the Jailhouse Motel and Casino, he took a moment to remember his previous visit to Ely, back in 2010 when he was working for former Nevada Congressman Steven Horsford. Now working for presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton, his visit is the first stop on a 1250 mile, week-long road trip across every Nevada county as part of Clinton’s “Every Nevadan tour.”
“Our priority is to reach out to every community in Nevada and have conversations with locals about how they feel about Clinton’s political platforms,” Hogan said.
The young democrat said that while each visit to a town would last less than a day, the goal was to speak with leaders in the communities to better understand their needs. In turn, Hogan and his team will document the trip and feature these community members on social media. Hogan said that the aim is to put faces to the values and concerns of Nevadans to keep Clinton’s campaign “people driven.”
Ely local Lorraine Clark was featured on Clinton’s “Every Nevadan” social media campaign, with a quote saying “For my grandkids, I worry about their futures. The biggest thing I can do is what I’m doing right now: get involved and help make the community a better place.”
Clark, who has been involved in the voting process in Ely for 50 years, said that she was “impressed” to by the group’s listen first approach.
“We got together at a town hall style meeting on Monday and they just listened to our concerns and took notes. They did very little talking, which was something I haven’t seen much of before from a political campaign. I have not seen any candidate from either party do that. ”
Clark, who is a registered Democrat and a Hilary Clinton supporter, said that it is rare in her experience to have presidential campaign visit this town, especially this early in the election cycle.
Hogan said he felt the meeting in Ely went “extremely well” and that he hopes it will help galvanize the local Democrats in what is often thought of as a Republican led town.
“We met a lot of local Democrats who are ready to get involved and make their voices heard.”
City Councilman and Chair of the local Democratic Party Sam Hanson was also in attendance at the meeting Monday. While he said that he can’t endorse any candidates as of yet, he said he was happy at the turnout the meeting received and hoped the visit will help motivate more local democrats to register to vote in the county, which has been a problem in recent years.
“The Hilary people were really interested in hearing everyone’s point of view and it was nice seeing how many people showed up to express their thoughts to them.”
While Hilary Clinton herself is not participating in the trip across the state, she has visited Nevada twice since May, stopping in Las Vegas on May 5 to speak at Rancho High School and again in Las Vegas on June 18 to speak at the Aria Hotel and Casino.