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Torrington-area residents gather for Bernie Sanders simulcast

TORRINGTON >> Just under 100 people gathered at a local law firm Wednesday night to watch presidential candidate Bernie Sanders address the nation via a live simulcast.

The event was held at the Blondin Law Offices on Prospect Street and the host of the evening was Audrey Blondin, a member of the Democratic State Central Committee.

Blondin said she held the event to stir up support for the Vermont senator, as she feels he is a strong candidate people can get behind.

“When Senator Sanders decided to do a meet up, we signed up,” she said.

The simulcast was held nationwide and about 3,500 other viewing parties were held across the country at the same time Wednesday.

“It’s nice to have a candidate that represents what we have been fighting for,” said Stephanie Piddock, organizer of Occupy Torrington.

Piddock attended the viewing party and handed out flyers that marked the key issues Sanders has backed in his campaign so far, including raising minimum wage, expanding Social Security and making higher education more affordable.

Another attendee of the party was Roberto Ojeda, who attends college in St. Petersburg, Florida, but is home for the summer .

“I’m a big supporter of Bernie Sanders and what he stands for, so I decided I want to do something to help,” he said.

Blondin said Ojeda was the cohost of the evening as he worked to spread word of the event.

“One of the things that I like about Sanders is that he’s an actual progressive,” said Ojeda.

Sanders spoke to the nation at 7:30 p.m. with an “Enough is enough” address.

“The American people are saying, ‘Enough is enough’,” Sanders said from the screen. “The country belongs to all of us, not just a handful of billionaires.”

As Sanders spoke via simulcast, the crowded law firm broke into applause over and over about what he aims to do, should he be elected.

“What I find so interesting about tonight is that you have from college students to seniors here,” said Blondin about the turnout. “You have all kinds of people from all over. This is just amazing.”

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