Bernie Sanders' son Levi is running for Congress

There could soon be another Sanders in our political future.

Levi Sanders, the son of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), announced on Monday that he’s running for Congress in New Hampshire.

The 48-year-old candidate is the eighth Democrat throwing his hat in the ring for the state’s 1st District House seat, Sanders said in a statement posted to his campaign website.

“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,” he said. “This is a unique opportunity to listen to the hard-working men and women of New Hampshire about the issues that matter to them.”

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Levi Sanders listens as his father, U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, speaks at a campaign stop at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett, New Hampshire January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is joined by his son Levi (L) after voting in the Vermont primary in Burlington, Vermont March 1, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Levi Sanders (C) and Larry Sanders (R) listen to U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speak at the First Corinthian Baptist Church in the Harlem region of New York April 17, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders arrives with his wife Jane (L) and son Levi (rear) at his Super Tuesday rally in Burlington, Vermont March 1, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: (2nd L-R) Jane Sanders, Democratic presidential candidate U.S Senator, Bernie Sanders, Levi Sanders and Dave Driscoll attend Artists for Bernie Sanders National Touring Art Exhibit features a compilation of acclaimed artistic works inspired by the political landscape at 312 Bowery on April 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: (L-R) Director of Arts & Culture at 'Bernie Sanders for President', Luis Calderin, Levi Sanders, Democratic presidential candidate U.S Senator, Bernie Sanders and Jane Sanders attend Artists for Bernie Sanders National Touring Art Exhibit features a compilation of acclaimed artistic works inspired by the political landscape at 312 Bowery on April 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Jane Sanders (L), Democratic presidential candidate U.S Senator, Bernie Sanders (C), Levi Sanders (2nd R) attend, 'A Future To Believe In' GOTV rally concert at Prospect Park on April 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: (L-R) Jane Sanders (L), Levi Sanders (C) and Democratic presidential candidate U.S Senator, Bernie Sanders attend, 'A Future To Believe in GOTV' rally concert at Prospect Park on April 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
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An apparent chip off the old block, Sanders supports a “Medicare-for-all health care system,” a higher minimum wage, equal pay for women, tuition-free college and “sensible gun legislation.” He also believes that it’s “urgent” to address the opioid epidemic, which has reached a “crisis” in his state.

Appearing to channel his father, Levi Sanders vowed “to demand that we have a system which represents the 99 percent and not the 1 percent who have never had it so good.”

When quizzed about any differences between his politics and his dad’s, Sanders told Vice that, “the basic difference is that I’m a vegetarian and he’s not.”

Sanders actually lives in the district adjacent to the one he’s hoping to represent. The 1st District congressional seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who is not seeking re-election.

It’s expected to be a highly competitive race among both Democrats and Republicans. Some of the groups who supported the elder Sanders during his 2016 presidential run have already lined up behind Democratic state Rep. Mark MacKenzie.

The younger Sanders has never held public office, but he has worked at his father’s side, including as his senior aide during the 2016 campaign. 

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Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during an event in Iowa Falls, Iowa, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. With a week to go until the Iowa caucuses and the Democratic presidential race there in a virtual dead heat, Hillary Clinton and Sanders are mapping out divergent paths toward winning the first votes of the nomination process. Photographer: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Washington, UNITED STATES: Newly-elected senators meet with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (R), D-NV, in Washington, DC 13 November 2006. From left are: Senator-elect James Webb, D-VA, Senator-elect Bernie Sanders, I-VT, Senator-elect Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, and Reid. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
US Congressman Elliot Engel (L) takes pictures next to US Senator Bernie Sanders after being dressed as Bouale leaders by public notaries of the Kouadioyaokro village, 150 km from Abidjan, 09 November 2008. US Senators Tom Harkin and Bernie Sanders visit comes ahead of a July 2008 certification deadline to ensure cocoa heading to the United States -- the third largest importer of Ivorian cocoa -- has not been produced with child labour. AFP PHOTO/ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - APRIL 25: Potential Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (R) (I-VT) delivers remarks at the South Carolina Democratic Party state convention April 25, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Sanders joined former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Sen. Lincoln Chafee in speaking to the convention. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 20: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) participates in a 'Don't Trade Our Future' march organized by the group Campaign for America's Future April 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. The event was part of the Populism 2015 Conference which is conducting their conference with the theme 'Building a Movement for People and the Planet.' (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, greets supporters during a campaign rally in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S., on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Sanders said he had attracted 200,000 donors as of mid-June and his campaign had raised $8.3 million online through June 17, according to FEC filings by ActBlue, the fundraising platform that he and some other left-leaning candidates and causes use. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg via Getty Images
PORTLAND, ME - JULY 6: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Cross Insurance Arena while campaigning in the Democratic presidential primary. (Photo by Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
Supporters hold up signs at a campaign rally for Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S., on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Sanders said he had attracted 200,000 donors as of mid-June and his campaign had raised $8.3 million online through June 17, according to FEC filings by ActBlue, the fundraising platform that he and some other left-leaning candidates and causes use. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg via Getty Images
PORTLAND, ME - JULY 6: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Cross Insurance Arena while campaigning in the Democratic presidential primary. Sen. Bernie Sanders greets supporters after speaking in Portland. (Photo by Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 18: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to the crowd at the Phoenix Convention Center July 18, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Democratic presidential candidate spoke on his central issues of income inequality, job creation, controlling climate change, quality affordable education and getting big money out of politics, to more than 11,000 people attending. (Photo by Charlie Leight/Getty Images)
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He has also worked as an analyst for a Massachusetts Legal Services office for 17 years, representing the “working class, who have been beaten up by the system,” he notes. Sanders has advocated for clients on Social Security disability insurance, Medicaid and  Medicare, among other programs, according to what appears to be his LinkedIn page.

He is married to neuropsychologist Raine Riggs. They have three children adopted from China.

Levi’s stepsister, Carina Driscoll, has just announced that she is running for mayor of Burlington, Vermont, where Bernie Sanders used to be mayor.

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