Bernie 2020
January 16, 2020
Contact: Bianca Recto

NEWS: Clark County Black Caucus Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Clark County Black Caucus (CCBC) today announced their endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for president of the United States. CCBC is committed to advancing public policy that supports equality for people of color at the state and local level.

“The Clark County Black Caucus represents the diverse coalition we’re building in Nevada and I am proud to gain their support,” Sanders said. “Their voice and leadership has brought meaningful change in the lives of the communities they serve, and together, we will fight against a government and political system that have historically oppressed African Americans. I look forward to winning the Nevada caucuses with them in February.”

CCBC Chair Yvette Williams stated, “Bernie Sanders has been a lifelong advocate for civil rights and economic justice. His presidential campaign goes the furthest in addressing issues that impact the African American community nationally and here in Nevada. Nevada is the first state in the presidential nominating process to capture America’s racial diversity. As representatives of this community, CCBC looks forward to working with Sen. Bernie Sanders to ensure our political system works for everyone.”


Bernie 2020
January 14, 2020
Contact: Bianca Recto

NEWS: Largest Independent Educator Union in the Nation Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

CCEA represents 19,000 Nevada educators
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Clark County Education Association (CCEA) announced today their endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for president of the United States. CCEA is the largest educator union in Nevada and the largest independent educator union in the nation, representing 19,000 teachers and other licensed professionals across the Clark County School District (CCSD). CCSD is the fifth largest school district in the nation.

“I thank the Clark County Education Association for their support and look forward to their partnership in transforming our country and defeating the most dangerous president in modern history,” Sanders said. “We’re proud to have teachers as our top donors by occupation because they hold the key to a more prosperous future for younger generations. Together, we will finally give teachers a much-deserved raise, reinvest in public education and create an education system that benefits students no matter their background or socioeconomic status.”

“The CCEA is proud to have endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for president,” said CCEA President Vikki Courtney. “Senator Sanders has a stellar record of supporting educators. His position on public education issues is second to none. He has always been a champion for educators and working class people. He has our support. He has spent time with our members and has made a firm commitment to advance public education in our country.”

In May 2019, Sanders unveiled his Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education, which will reinvest in our nation's schools and modernize our education system.


Bernie 2020
January 10, 2020

Contact: Madison Mundy

NEWS: Nevada Educators Endorse Bernie Sanders for President 

LAS VEGAS – Bernie 2020 announced today that educators, education leaders and college professors from five counties across Nevada are endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders for president of the United States. The announcement comes as the campaign recently reported its $34.5 million fourth quarter fundraising haul, with “teacher” being the most common occupation for donors. This haul includes more than 500 new educators donating to the campaign in the final quarter of 2019.

“Any grassroots movement is incomplete without the support of educators, who are instrumental in securing a prosperous future for the next generation,” Bernie 2020 Nevada State Director Sarah Michelsen said. “We are honored by their endorsements, and we know how important this is as we look ahead to the February caucuses. We look forward to working side-by-side with them to win Nevada for Bernie, to make our education system more equitable, and to expand educational opportunities for Nevada’s youth.”

The following college professors, educators and education leaders endorsed Sen. Sanders

  • Carol Lucey, President Emeritus, Western Nevada College
  • Deborah Achtenberg, Philosophy Professor, UNR
  • Bridgett Blaque, English Professor, Truckee Meadows Community College
  • Rosie Brownlow-Calkin, Theatre Professor, UNR
  • Darlene Haff, Sociology Professor, Nevada State College & CSN
  • Howard “Ron” Panik, Biology Professor, Western Nevada College
  • Kelby Peeler, Professor, Truckee Meadows Community College
  • Amy Reed-Sandoval, Philosophy Professor, UNLV
  • James Woodbridge, Philosophy Professor, UNLV
  • Angela Silva, Assistant Principal, Clark County School District
  • Kenny Belknap, Executive Board Member, Clark County Education Association
  • Paul Kleemann, Executive Board Member, Clark County Education Association
  • Lisa Altepeter, Educator, Clark County School District
  • Adam Berger, Educator, Clark County School District
  • Elizabeth Campbell, Educator, Clark County School District
  • Lillian Dickey, Educator, Clark County School District
  • Kara Hall, Educator, Clark County School District
  • Jessica Jones, Educator, Clark County School District
  • Noel Kleemann, Educator, Clark County School District
  • Kristine Korth, Educator, Clark County School District
  • Sebastian Pepperell, Educator, Clark County School District
  • Jeremiah Reisenbeck, Educator, Clark County School District
  • Christy Ruffolo, Educator, Clark County School District
  • Trebor Strong, Educator, Clark County School District
  • Imelda Suppe, Educator, Clark County School District
  • Michelle Weiss, Educator, Clark County School District
  • Megan Wingerter, Educator, Clark County School District
  • Michael Laxague, Educator, Douglas County School District
  • April Negrette, Educator, Elko County School District
  • Tracy Hand, Educator, Lyon County School District
  • Eddie Baumgartner, Educator, Washoe County School District
  • Holli Davidson, Retired Educator, Washoe County School District
  • Calen Evans, Educator, Washoe County School District
  • Samantha Hamm, Educator, Washoe County School District
  • Emily Husted, Educator, Washoe County School District
  • Tyler Ingstad, Educator, Washoe County School District
  • Jasper Isenberg, Educator, Washoe County School District
  • Amal Jaser-Thornburg, Educator, Washoe County School District
  • Melissa Licon, Retired Educator, Washoe County School District
  • Keith “Buddy” Lowe, Educator, Washoe County School District
  • Lauren Paul, Educator, Washoe County School District
  • Jared Powell, Educator, Washoe County School District
  • Bridget Speer Loring, Educator, Washoe County School District
  • Chad Walter, Educator, Washoe County School District
  • Gracie Zahrt, Educator, Washoe County School District
  • Kristofer DiPaolo, Labor Organizer, Clark County Education Association
  • Linda Jones, Labor Organizer, Clark County Education Association

Bernie 2020
September 3, 2019

Bernie 2020
August 29, 2019
Contact: Bianca Recto

Ahead of Labor Day, Nevada Home Care Worker & Fight for 15 Activist Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

LAS VEGAS – Ahead of Labor Day weekend, Bernie 2020 in Nevada announced that George Allen, a Las Vegas home care worker and Fight for 15 activist, endorsed Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for president of the United States. 

“The Bernie Sanders campaign is a campaign for a better America,” Allen said. “His campaign is a promise that everyone deserves a chance for a better wage, a better life, and that no insignificant person was ever born. There’s been a great deal of soul searching and I’ve come to the conclusion that this movement will give the American people the strength to fight injustice in all its forms.”
Allen continued, “The gospel of truth has given the rich something they can’t buy and the poor something they can’t deny. That’s why I am proud to endorse Bernie Sanders for president of the United States of America.”

Allen was previously featured in a Bernie 2020 digital video documenting his experience with homelessness, caring for a son with a disability, and treating his diabetes while being paid only $9 an hour as a home care worker. The Nevada Independent also profiled Allen, describing in detail the  struggles of low-wage workers in Nevada: “Allen lives his life at the nexus of some of today’s hot-button policy issues, from health-care reform and the high cost of insulin to payday loans and the fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage.”

Bernie 2020
August 26, 2019
Contact: Bianca Recto

NEWS: Local Nevada Activists and Community Leaders Endorse Bernie Sanders for President

LAS VEGAS – Today, local activists and community leaders from across Nevada are endorsing Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for president of the United States. Among the endorsers are advocates for tribal nations, fair housing, workers rights, criminal justice reform, immigration reform, and conservation and environmental issues in both Northern and Southern Nevada. 

“We’re proud to have the endorsements of so many Nevada leaders who are fighting for meaningful change in their communities,” said Sarah Michelsen, Bernie 2020 Nevada State Director. “This campaign is not just about electing Bernie Sanders as our next president. It’s about building a diverse, people-powered movement to take on powerful special interests and build a country that works for all of us.”

The following announced their endorsement of Bernie Sanders:

  • Autumn Zemke, Carson City Democratic Party 2nd Vice Chair
  • Adam Barrington, AFSCME Washoe County Chapter President
  • Dr. Zaffar Iqbal, Las Vegas Physician and South Asian Community Leader
  • Jemal Asfer Muzyen, Darul Iman Ethiopian Community President
  • John Witherow, Nevada Cure President
  • Sarah Bartel, Nevada Cure Director
  • Minister Vance “Stretch” Sanders, All Shades United Founder and President
  • Rulon Pete, Las Vegas Indian Center Executive Director
  • Mercedes Krause, Oglala Lakota Nation Member and United Natives Executive Director
  • Brian “BB” Melendez, Northern-Southern Paiute/Western Shoshone Community Leader
  • Teresa Melendez, Pokagon Band of Potawatami Member and College Success Coordinator at American Indian College Fund
  • Tisia Stemp, People’s Project LLC President 
  • Brooke Noble, Reno Housing Insecurity Activist