While Bernie Sanders has been actively endorsing other progressive candidates, Levi has not received an explicit endorsement in his run for the Democratic nomination in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. Levi is Sanders’ only biological child, born to Sanders’ first wife, Susan Campbell Mott.
“Levi has spent his life in service to low income and working families, and I am very proud of all that he has done,” Sanders said in a statement to the Globe. “In our family, however, we do not believe in dynastic politics. Levi is running his own campaign in his own way.”
Politically, Levi seems to take after his father, emphasizing higher minimum wages, infrastructure renewal, and greater accessibility to higher education. However, the Globe reports that he has low name recognition in a crowded field in the district. He is competing with nine Democrats and three Republicans for the seat.
Levi also does not live in the district he aims to represent, which is not illegal but is often frowned upon by voters.
Some New Hampshire sources speculated to the Globe that Sanders has not endorsed his son because Levi “is running what most in the state consider to be an inept campaign.” In contrast, Sanders has consistently been ranked as the most popular senator in the United States, based on polling from his constituents.
While Levi is currently outfunded by another Democratic candidate, Maura Sullivan, the primary isn’t until September, so he may have time yet to capture more funding and recognition.
This story "Bernie Sanders Has Not Endorsed His Son’s Congress Run" was written by Juliana Kaplan.