For Immediate Release
Former Sanders Delegates to Mobilize Behind 2020 Presidential Campaign
WASHINGTON - Former Bernie Sanders delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention are gearing up to actively support him for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
The independent Bernie Delegates Network -- which has voted 408 “yes” to 23 “no” in response to the question “Do you favor a relaunch of the independent Bernie Delegates Network in 2019?” -- will enthusiastically support Sanders' campaign in every region of the country.
"This winter we surveyed former Bernie delegates nationwide and found three out of four are in support of his running while only 5 percent are opposed," said Norman Solomon, who was national coordinator of the Bernie Delegates Network in 2016 and is now one of the relaunched network's coordinators. "The current enthusiasm for Bernie is huge. The progressive base that he energized several years ago is largely committed to his upcoming run for president. Former delegates have shown that they know how to organize and gain support in the communities where they live. Our network will help to mobilize those capacities in support of Bernie's new campaign."
Solomon is the national coordinator of RootsAction.org, an online group that currently has an email list of 1.25 million active supporters in the United States.
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