Bernie Sanders to speak at "Election Rally" at Mount Anthony Union Middle School

Editor's note: This article was modified on Oct. 19, 2016, to reflect a change in venue. The "Election Rally" is now scheduled to take place at Mount Anthony Union High School.

BENNINGTON — Democratic Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will visit Bennington on Saturday to campaign for local candidates.

Rights and Democracy Vermont and the Vermont Political Revolution Fund are hosting an "Election Rally" at Mount Anthony Union Middle School on Saturday Oct. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m., which will feature speakers including Sanders, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter, Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial candidate David Zuckerman, Democratic candidate for Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan, and Democratic representatives Kiah Morris and Rae Fields of Bennington and Steve Berry of Manchester. There is no cost to attend, and the doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Event organizers say there will be live music and refreshments at the event.

"Hoping that everyone who's excited for Bernie to be in town this weekend, is also excited to volunteer for some of our great candidates here in Vermont," said Aaron Sawyer, who operates the Democratic Party's campaign office in downtown Bennington, "If anyone understands how important a strong volunteer base is for candidates to be elected and to have a fighting chance, it's Bernie Sanders."

After conceding the Democratic presidential primary to rival Hillary Clinton in July, Sanders spent much of his time since campaigning for Clinton on the national stage. However, earlier this week, he turned his eyes back to Vermont, endorsing all statewide Democratic candidates, and promising to campaign alongside them, "in the near future."

"Sue Minter understands that the key for Vermont's economic future is opening up higher education to all Vermonters, regardless of income," said Sanders in a statement, "That's why, if elected governor, she will work to make community colleges and Vermont Tech tuition free."

Minter, who served as a member of the state House of Representatives from 2005-2011, and as Secretary of Transportation, defeated Matt Dunne and Peter Galbraith in the Democratic primary, and is running against current lieutenant governor Phil Scott, a Republican, and former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee, of the Liberty Union Party, in the race to replace departing Governor Peter Shumlin, a Democrat.

Sanders also praised Donovan, saying, "TJ Donovan understands that criminal justice is about more than just sending people to jail. As attorney general he will help create a Vermont criminal justice system that focuses on preventing crime through early intervention, job training and educational opportunities for at-risk Vermonters."

Donovan, who is currently the state's attorney for Chittenden County, is running against Republican Deborah Bucknam, of St. Johnsbury, and Liberty Union candidate Rosemarie Jackowski, of Bennington.

Contact Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ex. 122.


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