Bill Clinton to Ashland?

Former President Bill Clinton might make his second appearance in little over a month in Jackson County at a fundraiser in Ashland May 8 in support of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

At least that's what it says on the Hillary Clinton Web site, but it wasn't clear whether the event had been cleared by the Clinton campaign or whether organizers posted the event to gauge interest. In addition, e-mails were being sent out to local residents who might be interested in attending, offering a contact number in California.

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Julie Edwards, spokeswoman for the Oregon Clinton campaign, wouldn't confirm whether the Web site announcement or e-mails being sent to local residents meant the former president is actually coming to town.

"We expect to have President Clinton back in the state," she said. "We're still working out details of his visit."

Other local Clinton campaign supporters referred calls about the Clinton visit to campaign officials.

The Web site indicated that the event, billed as an afternoon conversation with Clinton, would be held at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., but it would only be for those making a donation.

Those willing to pay $2,300 would collectively get a half-hour conversation with the former president starting at 1 p.m. at the armory.

At 1:30 p.m., Clinton would meet with a more general audience in the same building for $250 a head.

Clinton spoke before about 2,500 people in March at a rally in the gymnasium at North Medford High.

Milt Goldman, who heads the steering committee for the Clinton campaign in Jackson County, said that after the primaries in Indiana and North Carolina next week, Hillary Clinton will be heading to the West Coast.

"I also feel that once next week is behind us, she will be in Southern Oregon," he said.

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