June 16, 2016

Bernie Sanders addressed his supporters today in a video address, encouraging them to keep fighting for change by running for local and state offices to fight for the principles he's been fighting for in his campaign.

While he neither conceded nor endorsed Hillary Clinton, he did signal that there would be more talks and that his focus would shift to the Democratic platform. He emphasized the importance of defeating Donald Trump.

We need to start engaging at the local and state level in an unprecedented way. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers helped us make political history during the last year. These are people deeply concerned about the future of our country and their own communities. Now we need many of them to start running for school boards, city councils, county commissions, state legislatures and governorships. State and local governments make enormously important decisions and we cannot allow right-wing Republicans to increasingly control them.

I hope very much that many of you listening tonight are prepared to engage at that level. Pease go to my website at berniesanders.com/win to learn more about how you can effectively run for office or get involved in politics at the local or state level. I have no doubt that with the energy and enthusiasm our campaign has shown that we can win significant numbers of local and state elections if people are prepared to become involved. I also hope people will give serious thought to running for statewide offices and the U.S. Congress.

The full text of his remarks is here.

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