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Bernie's Journey: From 'Sanders the Socialist' to White House Contender 

Senator Bernie Sanders, is considering presidential run in the 2016 election. Learn all about his political career — from socialist mayor of Burlington, Vermont, to his time in the White House as a U.S. Senator.
Bernie Sanders

Published September 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

It’s been a long, strange trip for Bernie Sanders, from failed Liberty Union candidate to Democratic front-runner for the U.S. presidency. How did he get this far? Retrace “Bernie’s Journey” as mayor of Burlington, Vt., U.S. representative, senator and two-time presidential candidate — through the eyes of the state’s independent news media. Original material from more than 30 years of Bernie-watching tells the inside story of the outsider democratic socialist. Browse this updated timeline for a virtual whistle-stop tour of Bernie’s colorful political career.


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Greg Guma

Paula Routly

Paula Routly

Paula Routly came to Vermont to attend Middlebury College. After graduation, she stayed and worked as a dance critic, arts writer, news reporter and editor before she started Seven Days newspaper with Pamela Polston in 1995. Routly covered arts news, then food, and, starting in 2008, focused her editorial energies on building the news side of the operation, for which she is a regular weekly editor. She conceptualized and managed the “Give and Take” special report on Vermont’s nonprofit sector, the “Our Towns” special issue and the yearlong “Hooked” series exploring Vermont’s opioid crisis. When she’s not editing stories, Routly runs the business side of Seven Days — overseeing finances, management and product development. She spearheaded the creation of the newspaper’s numerous ancillary publications and events such as Restaurant Week and the Vermont Tech Jam. In 2015, she was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.
Andrea Suozzo

Andrea Suozzo

Andrea is the data editor at Seven Days. She crunches the numbers for data-driven stories and creates graphics and interactives to explain those numbers.

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