WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the longest-serving independent member of the U.S. Congress, will announce his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, Vermont Public Radio reported on Tuesday.
He will release a short statement and hold a campaign kickoff event in subsequent weeks, VPR said, citing several sources.
With former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looming as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, few other candidates have stepped forward in the party. Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to enter the race next month.
(Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Peter Cooney)