MANCHESTER, NH – Levi Sanders, 48, of Claremont – son of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders – has announced he will run for Congress in New Hampshire’s District 1, which includes Greater Manchester, the Seacoast and the Lakes Region. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter announced last year that she would not seek reelection. Sanders is expected to file his official statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission in the coming weeks.
The following announcement was posted Feb. 26 on Sanders’ campaign website, after several weeks of speculation amongst the political press.
“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. This is a unique opportunity to listen to the hard working men and women of New Hampshire about the issues that matter to them.
The majority of voters in New Hampshire, and around this country, agree that we need a Medicare For All healthcare system which guarantees healthcare to every man, women, and child without out of pocket expenses. We need an educational system which says that whether you are rich or poor, you have the ability to go to a public college and/or university tuition free. We need to demand that we have a minimum wage which allows people to work forty hours a week without being in poverty. It is urgent that we address the opioid problem which is at a crisis level in New Hampshire. We must demand that women finally earn the same pay as men. It is unacceptable that we haven’t found the political courage to pass sensible gun legislation.
That time is up – we must be bold and unwavering in our fight for the people.
For 15 years, New Hampshire has been my family’s home. 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.
This campaign is about each and everyone of us, who strive each and everyday, to make this great state and country a better place in which to live.”
Sanders has worked for all of his father’s campaigns, serving as a senior policy strategist for the 2016 presidential campaign. He is employed in Massachusetts as an advocate for those trying to obtain Social Security benefits. Eight years ago, Sanders lost in a bid for City Council in Claremont.