MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Standing feet away from Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Fairmont native Charley Clayton took in her surroundings Thursday night.
Clayton was one of 3,100 — at least one who waited nearly 12 hours — that attended Sanders’ rally at the Waterfront Hotel. As a 19-year-old, next week’s primary election is the first she can participate in as a voter.
“This is just a completely new experience for me,” Clayton said. “This is relevant to my generation.”
In attending the rally, Clayton said she wanted to gain knowledge about Sanders. She said educating herself on the candidates is important for her with the election being her first.
“(Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald) Trump was in Charleston and I heard he’s coming to Clarksburg, so I’m going to try and educate myself on what everyone stands for so I can make an educated vote,” Clayton said.
During the rally, Sanders, a Vermont senator, highlighted many issues he is for and against as he runs for the Democratic nomination. He also touched on his visit to West Virginia after visiting McDowell County and Charleston Thursday morning and afternoon…