PROVIDENCE, RI – Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is readying for Rhode Island’s primary on April 26, with his camp announcing the formal opening of RI campaign headquarters here in the state on Sunday.
The official announcement, posted on the camp’s Rhode Island Facebook page invited supporters and volunteers to join ranks at the official headquarters to be located at 500 Broad Street, in the capitol city of Providence.
Scheduled at high noon on Sunday, April 10, the grand opening event will be followed by an official canvassing blitz.
Sanders campaign has strong ties to Rhode Island, with his chief strategist and senior advisor, Tad Devine hailing as a native of the Ocean State. Devine, who grew up in South Providence, attended the Christian Brothers LaSalle Academy as a youth. He went on to attend and receive his A.B. in American History from the prestigious Brown University in Providence; and later graduated from Suffolk Law School in neighboring Boston, Massachusetts.
Democratic opponent, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, opened her headquarters on Thursday with strong support from Governor Gina Raimondo. It comes as no surprise to Rhode Islanders that their freshman governor is supporting a Clinton presidency. Raimondo openly termed Clinton her “idol” when Clinton came to town to campaign on her behalf last October, joking then that Clinton had one more office to fill.
Sanders and Clinton are canvassing New York State this week in anticipation of the New York primary to be held on April 19.
This article originally appeared on Examiner.com on April 8, 2016.