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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders opens field office in Lehi

By Cathy Allred daily Herald - | Mar 15, 2016
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Nick Wahlers, left, goes over routes for a door-to-door campaign with volunteer Logan Wilding at the Bernie Sanders field house on Tuesday March 15, 2016 in Lehi. The field office has opened just 2 weeks ahead of the primaries in Utah. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Bernie Sanders supporters prepare the field house where volunteers sign up and receive training. The office opened on Tuesday March 15, 2016 in Lehi, just 2 weeks ahead of the primaries in Utah. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Bernie Sanders supporters receive training on door-to-door campaigning at the Bernie Sanders field house on Tuesday March 15, 2016 in Lehi. The office has opened just 2 weeks ahead of the primaries in Utah. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Nick Wahlers (right) goes over routes for a door-to-door campaign with volunteer Oakley Hill at the Bernie Sanders field house on Tuesday March 15, 2016 in Lehi. The field office has opened just 2 weeks ahead of the primaries in Utah. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Bernie Sanders supporters prepare the field house where volunteers sign up and receive training on Tuesday March 15, 2016 in Lehi. The office has opened just 2 weeks ahead of the primaries in Utah. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Bernie Sanders supporters prepare the field house where volunteers sign up and receive training on Tuesday March 15, 2016 in Lehi. The office has opened just 2 weeks ahead of the primaries in Utah. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Nick Wahlers trains volunteers at the Bernie Sanders field house on Tuesday March 15, 2016 in Lehi. The field office has opened just 2 weeks ahead of the primaries in Utah. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Bernie Sanders supporters prepare the field house where volunteers sign up and receive training on Tuesday March 15, 2016 in Lehi. The office has opened just 2 weeks ahead of the primaries in Utah. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, has opened a field office in Lehi for presidential campaigning one week before the Utah party caucuses.

Located at 910 W. State St. on the second story of a building that also houses a local State Farm Insurance office. Monte Jarvis, Utah state director for Sanders’ presidential campaign, said there are sound reasons for deciding to open the office in what is historically a Republican-dominated area of the country.

“We are here in Utah County because we want to gather the great grass roots support that’s here. There are a lot of supporters,” Jarvis said.

The location is one of convenience for volunteers canvassing Utah County. Sanders also has a campaign office in downtown Salt Lake City.

“We want them to get to the office easy, we want them to make a lot of phone calls and make a lot of door knocks, so we are hoping people will stop by our office,” Jarvis said.

He and other Democrats seem to think Sanders is the answer America needs.

One of those Americans is Brooke Swallow. Raised on conservative values and in a staunch Republican family in Orem, Swallow was a Republican for two-thirds of her 30-something life. She moved to the Midwest and came back a Democrat.

She says she can speak three languages: Democrat, Independent and Republican. Swallow attended the field-office opening to show her support for Sanders.

“I’m so upset with how corrupt our government is, and so it’s been apathetic and they can’t get anything done,” Swallow said.

She is a Sanders fan and said he is the first politician she has felt strongly supportive of during the campaign season.

“Bernie Sanders represents important values for America,” Jarvis said. “People are counting on Bernie and supporting the revolution we have.

“It’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s about us.”

He would like to see a strong turnout this weekend to get the word out, he said.

“Bernie believes we need to do something different,” Jarvis said. “We need to get universal access to health care. We need to increase our wages. We need to get big money out of politics, and we need immigration reform.”

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