Bernie Sanders endorses Tom Perriello for governor

Bernie Sanders and Tom Perriello (MGN/Perriello Campaign)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - Senator Bernie Sanders announced his endorsement of Tom Perriello for Virginia governor Tuesday.

"We need to elect progressives at every level of government if we are going to beat back the dangerous agenda of the Trump Administration and its Republican allies. Now more than ever we need people in elected office who will fight for middle-income and working families. That’s why I am so pleased today to endorse Tom Perriello for Governor of Virginia," said Sanders.

Sanders praised Perriello's push for a $15 minimum wage, his opposition to fracking, and rejection of corporate contributions.

"Tom is committed to fighting the rigged economy and income inequality. He was the first major statewide candidate in Virginia to run on a $15 minimum wage and the first to say two years of community college should be tuition-free. He is standing up to fossil fuel corporations and special interests in opposing two fracked gas pipelines that would cut across Virginia. He thrust criminal justice reform and ending our school-to-prison pipeline to the forefront of the race. At a time when the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans are fighting to destroy the Affordable Care Act, Tom is one who fought hard for its passage when he was a member of Congress. He is a committed progressive who will stand up for working families in Richmond," Sanders said.

Sanders ran for president before conceding the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton.

"Bernie Sanders has spent his career fighting for working families against a rigged system," said Perriello. "We need to unite the Democratic Party behind an agenda of inclusive economic growth, that leaves no community, race, or region behind. That starts with raising wages, taking on corporate consolidation in the economy, and making two years of community college debt-free. Bernie has electrified a movement of Americans ready to take on our biggest challenges, including inequality and corruption, and I'm proud to have his support in my campaign."

The primary election will be June 13.

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