Shelburne political newcomer challenges Sen. Bernie Sanders

Folasade Adelola

Folasade Adelola, a Shelburne resident, is challenging Sen. Bernie Sanders for his congressional seat this fall. Sanders is registered as an Independent and a Democrat for the Vermont primary election.

Adelola, 55, describes herself and her stances on policy as a “Clinton Democrat.”

“I will push (Sanders) on issues,” Adelola said. She does not agree with Sanders running as a Democrat. “Like we don’t have anyone else?”

A political newcomer, Adelola said she is interested in getting younger people engaged with politics, especially given the activism in the past several months by youth in the state and across the country.

Born in Nigeria, Adelola moved to the United States after she finished high school in the early 1980s. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in the mid-1990s. She lived in New York, Atlanta, Illinois and most recently she moved to Shelburne within the past two years.

Her top political priorities stem from life experience: immigration reform, women’s health issues and gun control reform.

19 Responses to "Shelburne political newcomer challenges Sen. Bernie Sanders"

  1. Teresa Welby   June 7, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Go Adelola!

  2. Connie Ballou   June 7, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Go Adelola! we need a real Democrat to take that seat! please post a link on Facebook to where you can accept donations, or otherwise volunteer for you!

  3. Folasade Adeluola   June 7, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you

  4. Lillian C Rodriguez   June 8, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    A real Democrat running in a D primary….great news! About time

  5. Linda Jenkins   June 8, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    What has he done/is he doing to address Vermont’s opioid crisis? He has always seemed suspiciously silent about it. And if he thinks universal health care is so easy to create – why hasn’t he made it happen for Vermont? If he has any clout as an experienced senator, why isn’t he doing more for Vermont?

  6. William Ricketts   June 8, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Go Adelola us Democrats need a real Democrat to take Sanders seat he hasn’t done anything for 40 years

  7. Donna Grotthuss   June 8, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    I hope you beat Sanders, Ms. Adelola!

  8. Ann C. Davidson   June 9, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Dear Ms. Adelola, Thank you for choosing to become an American citizen, and for participating in our democracy. Where do I donate for your campaign? Always happy to support a real Democrat!

  9. Aileen Laing   June 9, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Uh huh. Well please explain the copious amount of likes for Trump in your twitter account. Also wishing Pence a happy birthday with maga, hashtag! Were you hacked or are you trying to split the dem
    Vote and get a republican in that seat.

    • nancy mccauley   June 9, 2018 at 6:57 pm

      thank you for pointing out her twitter feed – she looks to be a Trojan horse would-be candidate (taking a page from Bernie’s playbook). beware, all…

    • John Gordon   June 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm


  10. Stacey Sharp   June 9, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Thank you Ms. Adelola. With Sanders’ vote against immigration reform saying ‘they’ will take ‘our’ jobs, with his statement that women’s health rights are a distraction, his gun votes, Sierra Blanca, stem cells, support for the racist border militia, I wish you success!

  11. Peggy Buckman   June 9, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Sanders is and always has been, an egomaniac…..loves to hear himself make PROMISES THAT HE KNOWS HE CANNOT KEEP…..I know liberals want change….because I am a liberal….I am a SOCIALIST, but I don’t trust Bernie.
    So glad to see an intelligent, smart woman take up the challenge.

  12. Caitlin Dickenson   June 9, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Would you be able to provide information for how to contact the campaign and or make a donation directly?

    • Lisa Scagliotti   June 11, 2018 at 11:33 am

      The Vermont Secretary of State’s office has a spreadsheet on its website with contact information for all candidates who have filed petitions for the August primary. It’s under “candidates” on the site’s menu. Here is the link:

  13. Jon McElle   June 12, 2018 at 11:38 am

    So all she has is a high school diploma. No listed work experience. Like Trump she gives no details about how she hopes to achieve her goals in 1 term. She comes off as very naive.

    I believe those of you who want to make a donation have no intention of voting for her.

  14. Toyin Ola   June 12, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    I am happy for your success in getting your name on the ballot. Congratulations !!! Continue the good fight on women issues and gun control. Wishing you success at the primaries.

  15. Folasade Adeluola   June 15, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    💋💖💋 ***Great Thanks To Ms. Maddie From Shelburne News … Have A Happy Weekend Everyone*** 💋💖💋 …

  16. Stacey Sperry   August 2, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Those of you supporting her, have you actually listened to her talk? She’s all over the place, goes on and on, can’t stay on topic, doesn’t say much with substance. She’s quite frankly, pretty out there. Go here to see for yourself.


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