Published in Politico Magazine
In October 2015, Bernie Sanders' campaign for President of the United States was starting to gain steam on a national level. Small donations from individuals, not major corporations or Super-PAC funds, were providing fuel for the Vermont Senator's grassroots campaign, and the prevailing wisdom was that the more America got to know him, the more they would like him.
Vermonters, however, already knew Bernie pretty well. Sanders moved to a small town in Vermont in the late 1960's and became active in progressive politics before going on to become the mayor of Burlington and serving in the US House of Representatives and US Senate.
This photo essay aims to shed light on some of the unique people, places, and political accomplishments from the Presidential candidate's 30+ year history in the state, and documents the mood of everyday Vermonters - from dairy farmers in the Northeast Kingdom to punk rockers in Burlington - at a time when their hometown candidate was starting to become a household name around the country.
Lyle Spud, one of the dairy farmers I interviewed for this piece put it like so: "Don't underestimate him. Bernie is no fool. He knows how to win. And he's unorthodox too. What he's doing win or lose will change the debates. And change America in time...if you care about your children or grandchildren then you have to care about politics."