On Monday, April 4, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton held a campaign rally at Cohoes High School. The candidate spoke about clean water, equal pay for women, making college debt-free and bringing jobs to upstate, among other things.
Cohoes High School became the venue for Clinton’s stop on the campaign trail just two days prior, after a call from State Assemblymember John McDonald to district Superintendent Jennifer Spring.
“The opportunity for our students to participate first hand in the political process right here in Cohoes is really special,” said Dr. Spring. “We were honored to host the event, and welcome all of the candidates—Democrat and Republican—to hold rallies here.”
Cohoes students and staff filled the stands, becoming a part of history in their hometown. Senior Emily Bechand sang the national anthem, and the Cohoes Tiger was posing for photos with children in the crowd.
“Whether they're following the presidential race or not, or support Hillary Clinton or one of the other candidates, a rally like this is the most experiential civics lesson we can provide our students,” added Cohoes High School Principal Bryan Wood.
Cohoesiers and fellow upstate New Yorkers who support one or multiple presidential candidates have the opportunity to see them up close in the Capital Region.
Democratic candidate Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders held a rally in downtown Albany at the Washington Avenue Armory on Monday, April 11.
All three Republican Party candidates were also in the Capital Region ahead of the New York primary on April 19. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz held a rally in Scotia on April 7. Both Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich held events on Monday, April 11. Trump's rally was at the Times Union Center and Kasich hosted town hall meetings in Troy and Saratoga Springs.