The son of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Levi Sanders, announced on Monday that he is going to run for the open House seat in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.
“After much thought and consultation with my family, friends, and the people of New Hampshire, I am excited to announce today that I am running for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District,” Sanders said in a statement provided first to WMUR, the first to report his candidacy.
He added that “this is a unique opportunity to listen to the hard-working men and women of New Hampshire about the issues that matter to them.”
It comes as no surprise that Levi, who is a legal services analyst, is proposing policies similar to those that his father is fighting for. Sanders vowed that if elected he will back up “Medicare for all health system,” as well as tuition-free college, a higher minimum wage and much more.
“For over 17 years, I have represented the working class who have been beaten up by the system. It is time to demand that we have a system which represents the 99 percent and not the 1 percent who have never had it so good,” Levi Sanders wrote on his campaign website.
Sanders, 48, is running to replace Democratic Representative Carol Shea-Porter, who is not seeking re-election. Sanders joins a field of seven Democrats and three Republicans vying for the seat. Although Sanders’ residence is not in the 1st District, the law dictates that he is required only to live in the state.
The Hill reports that the district, which includes much of southeastern New Hampshire, has a history of shifting from Democratic to Republican. President Trump received more votes in the district than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton got in the 2016 presidential election, though the state narrowly went to Clinton.
Meanwhile, his father Bernie Sanders is still being considered as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, after losing to Clinton in 2016 under controversial circumstances.