Bernie Sanders to appear at several events this weekend in Louisiana _lowres

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to reporters after speaking to federal contract workers at a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 22, 2015, to push for a raise to the minimum wage to $15 an hour. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders will swing through Louisiana this weekend with events including a public town hall in Kenner.

The tour includes appearances at the state Democratic Party’s major annual fundraiser and a civil rights organization’s convention.

Sanders, a senator from Vermont, has been drawing large, enthusiastic crowds in recent weeks as he has pitched a platform focused on curbing income inequality, dealing with climate change and reforming campaign finance.

Despite the recent attention to his candidacy, Hillary Clinton remains the frontrunner in the polls, well ahead of Sanders and other announced Democratic candidates.

Sanders’ town hall will be Sunday at the Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Those interested in attending can sign up at

It will be the second time in recent weeks that the center has played host to a presidential campaign event, though on completely opposite sides of the political spectrum. Gov. Bobby Jindal launched his bid for the Republican nomination for the presidency from the same venue.

Since then, Jindal has taken aim at Sanders on several occasions. Jindal is on the right wing of the Republican Party, while Sanders, a self-described socialist, is the most left-wing of the Democratic candidates.

Sanders also will appear at two events Saturday.

First, he’ll speak at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s 57th convention in Baton Rouge. The group, founded by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., lists Sanders as a special guest speaker at the convention’s Saturday night dinner and awards gala.

From there, he’ll shuttle down to New Orleans for the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, the state Democratic Party’s major yearly fundraiser.