Bernie Sanders' son announces run for Congress

Levi Sanders launches bid for New Hampshire congressional seat.


Bernie and Levi Sanders
Bernie and Levi Sanders

JTA - Levi Sanders, the son of Sen. Bernie Sanders, announced that he will run for a seat in the US House of Representatives as part of New Hampshire's two-member delegation to the lower chamber of Congress.

He made the announcement Monday evening, a day after the senator’s stepdaughter Carina Driscoll announced her bid for mayor of Burlington, Vermont, a post once held by Bernie Sanders.

Levi Sanders, 48, becomes the eighth in a crowded field of Democrats to announce for the empty seat in the 1st District. The seat’s current inhabitant, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, a Democrat, is not seeking reelection. Sanders currently lives in a neighborhood in the 2nd District.

He will file his official statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission within the next 10 days, WMUR in Manchester reported.

He said in his official campaign statement that he decided to run: “(a)fter much thought and consultation with my family, friends and the people of New Hampshire.” He also said that his campaign is “about each and every one of us, who strive each and every day, to make this great state and country a better place in which to live.”

His platform includes Medicare for all, free college tuition, a higher minimum wage, addressing the opiod crisis and “sensible” gun legislation.

New Hampshire's 1st congressional district is considered a swing seat, with a very narrow Republican leaning. According to the 2017 Cook Partisan Voter Index, the district is two points more Republican than the country as a whole.