More than 1,800 people attended a campaign event for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton July 14 at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at NOVA’s Annandale Campus. Clinton visited NOVA along with Virginia’s junior U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, the former mayor of Richmond and Virginia governor, who Clinton eventually chose as her running mate in late July.
During the campaign event in Annandale, Clinton and Kaine discussed their commitment to building a strong America together.
“I want us all to rise together. This isn’t about some people; this is about all of America,” Clinton said to the crowd. She also went on to say that education and places like NOVA are important. She wants to make community college free, sees community college as a gateway and would like to make four-year colleges and universities debt-free.
Kaine introduced Clinton after local volunteers for her campaign explained why they were supporting her. Virginia Congressmen Don Beyer (D-8th district), Gerry Connolly (D-11th district) and Bobby Scott (D-3rd district) also provided words of support. NOVA President Scott Ralls and Annandale Provost Pamela Hilbert were also present during the event.
In previous years, NOVA has served as an ideal venue for a campaign stop and other political announcements for a number of local and national politicians, including four visits from President Barack Obama since 2010. As a part of the Virginia Community College System, NOVA is the largest higher education institution in Virginia and serves more than 75,000 students at its six campuses.