Several Hundred To Attend Speech

Motorists Warned Heavy Traffic Likely

Posted: October 29, 2013

HARRISONBURG — Motorists are advised to shy away from roads that lead to the Convocation Center this morning because of today’s visit by former President Bill Clinton.


Clinton is scheduled to speak during a campaign event for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe at 10:30 a.m. at James Madison University’s Festival Conference and Student Center. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.


City and JMU officials, along with local Democrats, suggest that those attending the event park at the Convocation Center. A shuttle is expected to be available, although the festival center, on Carrier Drive, is within a short walking distance of the Convo.


The Harrisonburg field office for the Democratic Party of Virginia ran out of its 600 tickets for the event within 24 hours of last week’s announcement that Clinton was coming, said Deb Fitzgerald, chairwoman of the city Democrats.


Additional tickets were made available online Sunday night. A McAuliffe spokeswoman did not know how many tickets had been given out online as of Monday afternoon.


Details have not been released on the route Clinton’s motorcade will take but because he, like all former presidents, still has Secret Service protection, security likely will be tight at the student center and the surrounding area.


Politico reported that en route to Richmond on Sunday, Clinton’s motorcade had seven vehicles: four SUVs, two Virginia State Police cruisers and a van.


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