In just a week, over 2,500 people have signed a petition suggesting presidential candidate Bernie Sanders should come to Ithaca before this month’s primary election in New York State.
“Bernie speaks to the issues that are important to me, my friends and my family,” says Patricia McAvaney, an Auburn resident who’d love to see Senator Sanders in Central New York, and signed the petition on Change.org. “The opportunity to be able to see him in person is something that would forver be dear to me.”
The petition proposes to bring Sanders to Ithaca’s Schoellkopf Field, the football stadium at Cornell University, with its capacity of 21,500. (Schoellkopf had a higher capacity for several decades with the west stands, which were recently torn down.)
Sanders and his opponent for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton, have agreed to do one more debate before the April 19 presidential primary. It will take place in Brooklyn on April 14, and be carried on NY1 and CNN.
The Ithaca and Tompkins County for Bernie Sanders group is having an open house this Thursday, April 7, to celebrate their campaign field office opening. The event is 5-7pm at 609 West Clinton Street, suite 103. Then there’s live music from 7pm to midnight at Sacred Root Kava Lounge at 103 South Geneva Street to celebrate Sanders.
As of this writing, the petition has 2,631 signers. The Sanders campaign hasn’t announced any plans for a campaign appearance in Central New York before the primary.