Bay Area residents will soon be able to “feel the Bern.”
Current Vermont senator and 2020 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders announced Saturday that he will be returning to the Bay Area for a rally on March 24. It will be his first Bay Area trip since announcing his second presidential run, vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination.
The rally, which will be held at Great Meadow Park at Fort Mason, follows recent campaign stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Before making his way to Northern California, Sanders will also visit San Diego on March 22.
The rally will be free and open to the public. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and the event will start at 12:30 p.m.
Sanders, who announced his second presidential campaign on Feb. 19, enters the race as an early top contender. He raised $5.9 million from 223,000 donors within the first 24 hours, seemingly encapsulating his so-called people-powered campaign.
He’s known for his democratic socialist identity and advocacy for issues like raising the minimum wage as well as free college and health care — views that initially acquired little support from policymakers in his first campaign, but are increasingly shared by fellow Democratic contenders.
Sanders has more ties to the Bay Area this time around, as Fremont Rep. Ro Khanna will serve as one of his top advisers, with the role of being Sanders’ point person in Silicon Valley.
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