ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick says he’s excited Chelsea Clinton is visiting the city and impressed with Hillary Clinton’s campaign effort to speak at smaller cities throughout Upstate New York.

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“I did not expect them to send a member of the family and take time to come here,” he said about the Clinton campaign.

Chelsea Clinton is speaking at 8 a.m. Monday at Coltivare on 235 S. Cayuga St. in downtown Ithaca. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

A restaurant representative said Saturday that the speaking engagement — which is scheduled to be a ‘Get out the Vote’ event — was confirmed on Friday after being inquired about early last week by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

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Myrick — who has been a strong supporter of Clinton campaign throughout the election season — said he has never met Chelsea Clinton before, but will be at Monday morning’s speaking engagement.

“I’m impressed at the degree to which they’re dedicated to reaching every corner of Upstate,” he said, noting Hillary Clinton’s recent visit to Syracuse and Bill Clinton’s visit to Binghamton.

Clinton, who lost Tompkins County in the 2008 election, faces stiff competition against candidate Bernie Sanders in the city of Ithaca, though she’s raised more money for her campaign county-wide.

On social media, Sanders’ supporters are calling for peacefully protesting the speaking event.

“Folks are passionate about the process and that’s a good sign,” Myrick said about the potential protesters. “I think if that’s how they would like to spend that day before the primary they’re more than welcome to.”

He said he’s not sure if Chelsea Clinton will be able to send too much time in Ithaca before moving on to other speaking engagements.

“It would be nice if she had time,” Myrick said.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.