- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - It’s not much of a surprise as political endorsements go. Nearly all of Vermont’s Progressive elected officials are joining to announce they’re backing Bernie Sanders for president.

Sanders is widely credited with having launched Vermont’s Progressive Party during his time as mayor of Burlington in the 1980s, though he’s run for office since his time as mayor as an independent, rather than as the Progressive standard-bearer.

Progressives and people who’ve run for office with both Progressive and Democratic backing also are backing Sanders’ bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sen. Tim Ashe of Chittenden County, who runs on a combined Democratic-Progressive ticket, says he plans to send out his own statement in which he will endorse Sanders.

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