There might soon be another member of the Sanders family in Washington: Levi Sanders, the 48-year-old son of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), announced Monday he is entering the race for an open House seat in New Hampshire's 1st congressional district.
"This is a unique opportunity to listen to the hard-working men and women of New Hampshire about the issues that matter to them," Sanders, a legal services analyst, told WMUR. The incumbent, Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, is retiring, and Sanders is now the eighth Democrat vying for the seat; there are also three Republicans and one Libertarian in the race.
Sanders said he would like to see a "Medicare-for-all health care system," a higher minimum wage, tuition-free college, "sensible gun legislation," and equal pay for women. He hasn't held elected office before, but he served as a senior adviser to his father's 2016 presidential campaign. Sanders lives in Claremont, which is in New Hampshire's 2nd district, and he isn't the only candidate in the family: His stepsister, Carina Driscoll, is running for mayor of Burlington, Vermont, a position Bernie Sanders held for eight years.