Thurs. 9:30 pm: Williams makes campaign stop for Clinton

NORTH JACKSON – With the presidential race in battleground Ohio tightening, the Democrats on Thursday brought an old friend – former car czar and Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams – to explain the importance of  the 2009 federal auto bailout to the Mahoning Valley economy.

Williams, now the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development in the President Barack Obama administration, met with United Auto Workers leaders and the media in an impromptu campaign stop at the UAW Local 1112 hall. He was campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The former mayor struck at Republican Donald Trump for opposing the bailout, which saved the national auto industry and more importantly, saved the Lordstown General Motors complex.

“Riding out here, I saw a lot of Trump / Pence signs, and I have to wonder whether those individuals realize how important manufacturing is to the economic health of this Valley,” Williams said.

Read more in Friday’s Tribune Chronicle.