Bernie Sanders, a former Democratic presidential candidate, will campaign for Clinton in the Valley Thursday


By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who unsuccessfully challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, will campaign on her behalf Thursday in the Mahoning Valley.

After the event was exclusively reported early Monday on Vindy.com, the Clinton campaign later confirmed Sanders’ appearance and said it would be Thursday morning, but didn’t provide a location.

Sources who initially told The Vindicator about the rally say its likely location is Youngstown State University.

A time and location will be announced shortly by the campaign.

Members of the public who want to attend can RSVP at: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events/view/ymrtequagsw4zss4/

Sanders will discuss raising the minimum wage, making public colleges and universities tuition- free, making improvements to the criminal justice system, and why Clinton should be elected president, according to a campaign email.

Also, Bellamy Young, best known for her role as First Lady Mellie Grant on ABC’s “Scandal” TV show, will campaign for Clinton and urge Ohioans to vote early at an event at 4:45 p.m. today at Clinton’s local campaign office, 4927 Market St., Suite 6, in Boardman. It is the last of four stops she will make in Ohio for Clinton today.

Also, Tom Vilsack, the secretary of agriculture and a former Iowa governor, will campaign for Clinton in Youngstown on Wednesday.

The Clinton campaign says the event will be at 6:30 p.m., but a location has not yet been announced.

It isn’t known if the campaign for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will send the candidate, vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence or surrogates to the area.

Sanders last appeared in the Mahoning Valley at Youngstown’s Covelli Centre on March 14, the day before he lost the Ohio primary to Clinton.

Clinton beat Sanders 59 percent to 40 percent in Mahoning County in the primary. She beat him 54 percent to 44 percent in Trumbull County.

During Sanders’ visit, the Vermont senator contrasted his campaign with Clinton saying he was receiving money from regular citizens while his challenger had super PACs that raised money from Wall Street and big corporations.

About 1,800 people attended Sanders’ event compared with 500 at one for Clinton two days earlier.

Since losing the nomination, Sanders has thrown his support behind Clinton and has actively campaigned for her.

Also, national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is coming at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to the Yankee Kitchen Restaurant, 6635 Market St., Boardman, to campaign for Clinton.

Trumka will speak with union members about their support of Clinton and key election issues.

Clinton has relied on surrogates, including Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton, her husband, to campaign for her in the Valley.

Since that one event right before the primary, Clinton has campaigned only once in the area – a July 30 rally at East High School.

Trump has campaigned in the Valley twice: an Aug. 15 invitation-only event at Youngstown State University and a quick Sept. 5 visit to the Canfield Fair.

Pence accompanied Trump during both events and headlined his own Sept. 28 rally at Leetonia High School. Trump’s campaign hasn’t sent a surrogate to the area since mid-September.

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