Ellensburg Bernie supporters come together, organize march

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Ray Payne, Staff Reporter

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On Friday, March 4, 200 to 300 supporters are expected to march in support of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

The march will begin near Central’s campus and head into town.

According to the march’s event page, anyone is welcome to join and those interested in marching should meet in the parking lot of Nicholson Pavilion, where it is scheduled to start at 12 p.m.

The march was originally scheduled for March 4, but was rescheduled to the following Friday.

The march will head south down Walnut Street, west on University Way and on toward Main Street. The march will end outside of Super One Foods and is expected to last from 45 minutes to an hour.

The intended purpose of the march is to draw attention and support to Bernie Sanders. The march will also be emphasizing Sanders’ opposition to the current campaign finance system and the necessity of attending caucuses.

“There is no better time to organize Bernie volunteers in Ellensburg and generate excitement for this grassroots movement,” said Chris Davis, senior history major and student volunteer.

The event is officially recognized by the campaign. Staffers from Yakima and Seattle have been assisting the organization by providing funds and official Bernie Sanders merchandise.

The event is being organized by an independent student volunteer for the Sanders campaign. Although Sanders is a running as a Democrat, the Central College Democrats are not going to hold any events for him specifically, unless he is chosen as the party nominee.

In order to have a direct impact on the Democratic party nomination, students will have to vote in the caucus held on March 26.

Delegates for the Democratic party are awarded proportionally through the votes in the caucus. In order to receive any delegates, a candidate needs to get at least 15 percent of the vote.

“It is imperative that every Bernie supporter shows up to caucus on the 26 in order to propel Bernie Sanders onto the general election,” Davis said.

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