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LIMA — Juan Williams is no stranger to change. An up-close observer of American politics at work on Capitol Hill for 30 years, he’s seen issues and people come and go through the years. On Thursday, Williams, a Washington, D.C., journalist and political commentator for Fox News Channel, will bring his observations on change to Lima. Williams will be the featured speaker at the 3rd annual Economic Community Enrichment Dinner at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center. “The whole focus is on all the tremendous rate of change we’re undertaking in the country. I think the changes go much deeper. They speak to economics, race and demographics,” Williams said. “That’s what I’ll try to touch on in Lima. People are following the presidential race so intently even as you have your own racial issues that dominate the headlines and create such tensions in the community. You have to understand these larger forces that are transforming America and transforming who we are in our identity as Americans.” Speaking on race and racial change is difficult, Williams said, particularly for a visitor. It’s not a topic he’ll shy away from, however. “I think what Lima has to understand is they’ve got to be forward-looking. So many people can get lost in the details and the who said what,” Williams said. “You’ve got to at some point, if you are in a leadership role in the community, be able to appeal to people on the basis of looking forward. Where are we going, what can we do, how can we unify to create the strongest possible future for Lima, Ohio?” No where is talk of change more prominent than in the race for the White House, Williams said. Each candidate has tried to portray himself or herself as agents of change, he said. “Well there’s no question that there’s no matter Republican or Democrat, no matter east, west, north or south, the theme of this campaign is change,” Williams said. “When I’m out I hear people talking about a real call for change. There’s a real call for change on the war, for example. There’s a real call for change in terms of awareness of the economic issues and the anxiety being felt at kitchen tables across the country. They’re tired of hearing Wall Street’s doing fine while they’re feeling the pinch.”

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