TUMALO, OR -- Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) will open Central Oregon’s first presidential campaign office of this election cycle, on Sunday. In the past week, the Sanders campaign has opened offices in Eugene and Portland, and another one is slated for Medford this weekend.
Monte Jarvis, Oregon Campaign Director, says it’s important they reach across the state prior to the April 26 voter registration deadline. "A lot of our supporters are not necessarily Democrats at the moment and we need to move them over. They need to either reregister as a Democrat or they’re not quite registered yet. A lot of our supporters are not necessarily the political establishment, right? So, we need to register those folks before the 26th." Jarvis tells KBND News, "We’re right in the middle of this fight, no matter what the other side says. We have the momentum; we have six states in a row and we’re going for more. It’s really important to take Oregon seriously; we want it to be a focal point of the campaign." Oregon’s primary has traditionally landed after each party has a presumptive nominee, but the state could be an important factor in the delegate count, this year.
The local Sanders campaign will host a grand opening event Sunday at noon, at its new office on Strickler Ave in Tumalo
. Jarvis says there will be a rally and other features at the event, which is free and open to the public. "We will try to sign folks up to be volunteer leaders, to do volunteer phoning and door-to-door canvassing. So, that’s our really big push for Sunday and we hope to propel that into the following week."