Bernie Sanders set to visit Fresno college campus Thursday

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FRESNO, California (KGPE) – Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is heading back to the Central Valley. On Monday his campaign website announced a town hall at Fresno City College which will take place Thursday.

Sanders has not been back to the area since May of 2016.

“Given the response we’re already getting I think it’ll be enormous. He has plenty of supporters here. There’s a lot of energy that’s rolled over in his campaign from the last election cycle,” Michael Evans the chairman of the Fresno County Democratic Party said.

“His politics have not changed, that’s one of the reasons why I think a lot of folks like him on the democratic side is he’s very very consistent,” Jim Verros a political analyst said.

The event is at the Veterans Peace Memorial Lawn at Fresno City College. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

“I think it’s smart for him knowing where his demographic is, knowing where his base is and a lot of that is community college students. Folks that are working full time and going to school part time or vice versa,” Verros said.

Some students were excited about the visit and said they support Sanders for his stance on hot button topics.

“Climate change, most of all. That is the most important (issue), because for awhile our planet’s lungs were on fire and really no one is doing anything about it and so we’ve got to fix the big problems before we can fix the smaller problems,” James Spike said.

Other students raised past concerns about the 78-year-old presidential hopeful.

“Being a president is taxing on an individual. You’ve got to take into consideration a man only has so many years,” Marcos Ramos said.

Sanders will be the third candidate to visit this campaign cycle.

“This is where the fun begins. You’re going to see more and more people coming to the valley. You’re going to see more and more of our issues discussed which is important, on the right and on the left,” Verros said.

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