MONTPELIER — Sen. Bernie Sanders will begin putting his star power to work on behalf of gubernatorial nominee Sue Minter and other Democratic candidates this weekend with six events around the state.
Sanders, Vermont’s independent U.S. senator who won the state’s Democratic presidential primary over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in March with 86 percent of the vote, has been slow to help Vermont Democrats. But after issuing a news release Thursday in which he endorsed the Democratic slate of statewide candidates, he is finally hitting the campaign trail with them, according to Minter’s campaign.
Sanders will hold the first of six planned events on Friday at 5 p.m. at Vermont College of Fine Arts’ Alumni Hall in Montpelier.
On Saturday, Sanders will take part in a 9 a.m. get out the vote event somewhere in Addison County and rallies in Bennington and Rutland. The Bennington rally is scheduled at the Vermont Veterans Home from 2 to 4 p.m., while the Rutland rally is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vermont Farmers Food Center in Rutland.
Minter, David Zuckerman, the Progressive and Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor and T.J. Donovan, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, are expected to attend the Bennington and Rutland events, along with local candidates for the Legislature. Those events are co-sponsored by Rights and Democracy and the Vermont Political Revolution Fund.
On Sunday, Sanders will be at a rally in Burlington at 10 a.m. at a yet-to-be announced location, and a get out the vote event at the Saint Albans Museum at 4 p.m.
Sanders has been spending his time traversing the country on behalf of Clinton. He is scheduled to make an appearance in Arizona on Tuesday as the Clinton campaign looks to expand the map against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Sanders’ appearance with Vermont candidates could benefit Minter the most, who appears to be locked in a tight race with Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott. Vermont Public Radio is expected to release new polling numbers this week that will shed light on just how close the gubernatorial race is.