VT: Welch to run for US Senate, with backing from Sanders

Source: West Lebanon Valley News

“Vermont’s sole member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic Rep. Peter Welch, announced Monday that he will run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy. Welch’s decision comes a week after the 81-year-old Leahy’s announcement that he will not seek reelection to the seat he first won in 1974. Democrats are clinging to a slim majority in the Senate, and the 2022 election could change that. … Shortly after Welch announced his candidacy, Vermont’s independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed him, saying he ‘has the knowledge and experience to hit the ground running as a strong advocate for Vermont’s working families.'” (11/22/21)