"Sex and the City" actress Sarah Jessica Parker (search) has been presented a key to this small southeastern Ohio city, where she was born.

Parker received the key during a visit to the Athens County Democratic Party's Nelsonville headquarters Thursday while stumping for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry (search). She then headed to nearby Athens, home of Ohio University.

Wearing a large gold "vote" medallion, Parker appealed to the mostly female crowd of 300 at an Athens bar by saying Kerry's platform of abortion rights, jobs, health care and education are hot topics with women.

"It's no secret who I'm going to vote for," she said, pointing to her glitter-adorned Kerry T-shirt.

Parker called the Nov. 2 presidential election the "most important of my lifetime."

She then signed autographs on everything from fliers to designer shoes in the Blue Gator bar, owned by former Mideast hostage Terry Anderson. Anderson, who was chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press when he was held for 6 1/2 years in Lebanon by Iranian-sponsored terrorists, is running as a Democrat for state senator.