Sanders remarked that the turnout was one of the best he's seen at any rally: At least 700 people turned out to the rally, with a crowd set up in the school's gymnasium as well as an overflow room.

Among the speakers were lieutenant gubernatorial candidate and state representative David Zuckerman, D/P-Hinesburg; candidate for state Attorney General, T.J. Donovan, the elected state's attorney of Chittenden County; local state Reps. Kiah Morris, D-Bennington, and Steve Berry, D-Manchester; and House candidate John Moran, D-Windham-Bennington.

The stakes are high, said Sue Minter, who added that she and Republican challenger Phil Scott are "in a statistical dead heat."

Minter contrasted herself against Scott, the lieutenant governor, and said the state needs "a governor who's ready to make an economy for all Vermonters."

She said right-leaning corporate interest groups, notably the Koch brothers, funded political ads against her and other Democratic candidates. She took issue with what she called a national strategy in an effort to "flip blue states red," she said.

"Vermont is not for sale," Minter said, evoking cheers from the crowd.

Morris spoke about, said, "We must take care of one another, we must love one another."

"We're at a time when there are community members who want to intimidate and silence views that are strong, just and needed," Morris said. She continued, "Some of you may know of attacks by individuals who wish to do me and my family harm because of the color of my skin, because of my gender, and the things I'm willing to fight for."

Minter, addressing Morris during her remarks, said, "We are all with you, we all have your back."

Berry praised Sanders for making it clear the status quo will not be tolerated.

Voters "have the opportunity to show what a civilized democracy looks like" when they head to the polls, Zuckerman said.

Jim Condos, Vermont Secretary of State, spoke of how his office is making it easier to vote. He said that "sensational media reports" which say the election is rigged "are unsupported" and "undermine voter confidence." Condos, the chief election officer, called them a "direct attack on our democracy."

Contact Ed Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.