(JTA) – Levi Sanders, the son of Sen. Bernie Sanders, has announced that he will run for Congress in New Hampshire. He made the announcement Monday evening, Feb. 26, a day after the senator’s stepdaughter Carina Driscoll announced her bid for mayor of Burlington, Vt., a post once held by Bernie Sanders.
Levi Sanders, 48, becomes the eighth candidate in a crowded field of Democrats to announce for the empty seat in the 1st District. The incumbent, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, a Democrat, is not seeking re-election. Sanders 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-TV 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 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 opioid crisis and “sensible” gun legislation. Many of the planks mirror his father’s 2016 presidential campaign.