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    Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited the Bay Area Wednesday to raise funds for her campaign. Jean Elle reports. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015)

    Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited the Bay Area Wednesday to raise funds for her campaign.

    The event, billed as an evening reception, was held at the Atherton home of Chris Kelly, a former Facebook executive. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee also is a host for the event.

    Tickets reportedly started at $2,700.

    Clinton supporter Ajay Bhutoria said he voted for President Barack Obama and now wants Clinton to continue the work of the party.

    "She has the skills," Bhutoria said. "She has been working in various roles. She is our future president."

    Nohely Peraza was one of the dozens who attended Wednesday night's fundraiser. The 16 year old is hoping Clinton will address immigration reform and make it easier for undocumented immigrants to thrive in America.

    "I want more immigrants to have the chance to demonstrate that they can bring so much to this country, to the economy and the communities," Peraza said.

    Education was one of the topics Clinton covered at the fundraiser.

    Clinton discussed investing in early childhood education, making college more affordable and fixing the student debt.

    Clinton came to the Bay Area directly from Portland, where she attended a private fundraiser. The Portland fundraiser included more than 2,000 donors.

    The former U.S. Secretary of State, senator and First Lady was last in the Bay Area in June when she addressed a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

    NBC Bay Area political analyst Larry Gerston said Clinton's political strategy is based on geography.

    "She's inaccessible here because she brings her Brinks truck," Gerston said. "She's much more accessible in Iowa and New Hampshire."

    Gerston said Clinton has raised $100 million and continues to build her war chest.

    Clinton on Thursday is scheduled to attend a fundraiser in Los Angeles and join a round-table discussion on health care.

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