Bernie Sanders's son launches congressional bid in New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders's son launches congressional bid in New Hampshire

Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCarbon tax could give liberals vast power to grow federal government Poll: Gillum leads DeSantis by 4 points in Florida Judd Gregg: Two ideas whose time has not come MORE’s (I) son, Levi Sanders, announced Monday he is running for the open House seat in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

“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% and not the 1% who have never had it so good,” Levi Sanders said in a statement on his campaign website.

Sanders, a legal services analyst, is proposing policies similar to those championed by his father, including a “Medicare for all" health system, tuition-free college, a higher minimum wage and more.

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His candidacy was first reported by WMUR in Vermont.

Sanders, 48, is running to replace Rep. Carol Shea-PorterCarol Shea-PorterElection Countdown: What to watch in final primaries | Dems launch M ad buy for Senate races | Senate seats most likely to flip | Trump slump worries GOP | Koch network's new super PAC Bernie Sanders's son falls short in New Hampshire primary Chris Pappas wins Democratic House primary in New Hampshire MORE (D-N.H.), who is not seeking reelection. Sanders joins a field of seven Democrats and three Republicans vying for the seat.

He does not technically reside in the 1st District, though by law he is only required to live in the state.

The district, which includes much of southeastern New Hampshire, has a history of shifting from Democratic to Republican. President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE received more votes in the district than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton got in the 2016 presidential election, though the state narrowly went to Clinton.

Bernie Sanders, 76, is considered a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, after coming in second to Clinton in the last cycle.