Bernie Sanders Announces Vermont Senate Re-Election Bid

READING, PA - DECEMBER 03: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks on stage during the Protecting Working Families Rally to stand up against the horrific GOP tax proposal, hosted by Not One Penny, and MoveOn.org at Santa... READING, PA - DECEMBER 03: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks on stage during the Protecting Working Families Rally to stand up against the horrific GOP tax proposal, hosted by Not One Penny, and MoveOn.org at Santander Performing Arts Center on December 3, 2017 in Reading, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for MoveOn.org) MORE LESS

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says he’s running for re-election this fall.

Sanders’ campaign made the announcement Monday.

The 76-year-old Sanders plans to launch his campaign next month with a series of rallies across Vermont.

In a statement issued by his campaign, Sanders, who is among the list of possible contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, says it has been an honor to serve the people of Vermont, but more remains to be done.

He says the 2018 midterm election will be a pivotal moment in U.S. history and people must fight for an agenda that works for working people.

Sanders was first elected to the U.S. House in 1990. He was elected to the Senate in 2006.

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