Levi Sanders, son of 2016 presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, is considering a run in New Hampshire's First District.
“Oh, absolutely. I’m definitely considering it. I’m excited, motivated and interested in the race,” Sanders told Vice News Thursday. “I’m just dotting my I’s and crossing my T’s.”
Sanders is his father’s only biological child, and apparently the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. He plans to run on a super-progressive platform — Medicare for all and free college tuition — in a state his father won over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary, 60.4 to 38 percent.
“The basic difference is that I’m a vegetarian and he’s not,” the younger Sanders said.
One wrinkle in Sanders’ candidacy is that he does not live in the district where four-term Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is retiring next January. He instead lives in New Hampshire’s Second District, a seat Rep. Ann McLane Kuster has held since 2013.
The U.S. Constitution requires House candidates to live in the state in which they’re running for office but not necessarily the congressional district.
“I just think that New Hampshire people, people in this district, will ultimately make the decision, and I continue to work on helping the people of my district,” Messmer said.
Some Democrats in the state have signaled they are annoyed that Sanders is considering running for the open First District seat.
“I’m not sure we need to have another candidate parachute into the 1st District to compete for the carpetbagger appeal,” state Rep. Renny Cushing, a Bernie Sanders supporter in 2016, told WMUR.