Thursday, February 11, 2016

Bernie Sanders to Open Campaign Office on Cherokee Street

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 6:00 AM

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St. Louis is feeling the Bern!

Fresh off Sanders' victory in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary on Tuesday, his campaign has inked a lease for office space on south St. Louis' Cherokee Street — 2626 Cherokee, a storefront that previously held the Failed Society clothing store.

The move-in will be happening quickly — the 900-square-foot site is already listed as the canvassing headquarters for a event this Sunday.

It's hard to imagine a more fitting combination of politician and constituency than Sanders and the Cherokee district, a once downtrodden part of south St. Louis that's increasingly home to great music venues, intriguing startups and young progressives operating outside the city's traditional power structure. (Alderwoman Cara Spencer, who is based out of the Nebula coworking space on Cherokee, was the only candidate to beat an incumbent last election cycle.) In December, Cherokee even played host to "Bernieman," a fundraiser/rally hosted by the neighborhood's creatives in Sanders' honor.

See also: Bernieman Brings Bernie Sanders Supporters Together on Cherokee

But if Sanders is winning over the city's young and hip, his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has locked up the politicians: The Post-Dispatch reported back in November that "almost every big-name Democrat in Missouri" had already endorsed her. 

Does Clinton have a local office? We weren't able to find one by searching online; our message to Clinton's press team went unreturned. If you've got any details, leave them in the comment space; we'll update this post if we hear more.

We welcome tips and feedback. Email the author at sarah.fenske@riverfronttimes.com

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