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Return of the Bern: Sanders to Hold First Vermont Campaign Rally on May 25

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Sen. Bernie Sanders holds his first presidential campaign kickoff at the Burlington waterfront in 2015. - FILE: MATTHEW THORSEN
  • File: Matthew Thorsen
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders holds his first presidential campaign kickoff at the Burlington waterfront in 2015.
Updated at 2:27 p.m.

Three months after joining the 2020 presidential race, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is ready to hold his first home-state rally of the campaign.

Sanders plans to address Vermonters outside the Statehouse in Montpelier on May 25 at 2 p.m. According to a campaign press release, the event “will highlight Sanders’ career in public service and celebrate the impact it’s had on Vermont through the years.” Singer Brandi Carlile will also perform, the campaign said.



The Burlington Free Press first reported news of the event Monday morning.

After formally entering the race in February, Sanders held campaign kickoff rallies in March in Brooklyn and Chicago. Public records obtained by VTDigger.org showed that he had hoped to hold a kickoff event in Burlington but was prevented from doing so by weather conditions.

In recent months, Sanders has been a frequent presence in the early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada and California. But he has held no public events in Vermont since joining the race. Sanders has not held a press conference in the state since July 2018.