Levi Sanders, Sen. Bernie Sanders' only biological child, is planning to begin his political career by making his place in Congress for New Hampshire’s 1st District. Talking to VICE News on Thursday, Levi said his policy platform would not be any different from his father's, who had secured 1,865 delegates in the 2016 presidential primary to Hillary Clinton's 2,842.

“Oh absolutely, I’m definitely considering it. I’m excited, motivated, and interested in the race,” Levi said. “I’m just dotting my i’s and crossing my t’s.”

Rumors about Levi running for the seat first appeared when supporters of Bernie hinted at a possible Congress run for the younger Sanders in October, when Rep. Carol Shea-Porter announced she will not seek re-election.

Levi said that despite their policy similarities, the 48-year-old would run his own campaign.

"The basic difference is that I’m a vegetarian and he’s not,” Levi said of his father, adding that he told Bernie about his plans for the Congress but gave no further details about their communication, VICE News reported.

Responding to the news of Levi's political beginning, one of the Democrats, state Rep. Mindi Messmer of Rye, also a Bernie supporter, said the news was “interesting,” and added, “I don’t know why he wouldn’t run in his own 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.

However, Bernie's 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weaver told VICE News that he “really doesn’t know much, to be honest with you.”

Levi was a senior policy strategist on his father's bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. He was also a consultant on Bernie's 2006 run for the U.S. Senate. Levi — a graduate of the University of Oregon, receiving a B.A. in history in 1992 — currently serves as an analyst for Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services.

Levi's aim for Shea-Porter's seat, which is one of the Republican Party’s top targets in 2018, didn't get much support.

State Rep. Renny Cushing of Hampton, also a Bernie Sanders supporter, said: “I work every day with Mindi and see her fighting for a clean environment and health care and against income equality right here in the 1st District, and that’s who I’m supporting.”

“I’m not sure we need to have another candidate parachute into the 1st District to compete for the carpetbagger appeal,” Cushing added. “I don’t think it’s a good idea, but he can do what he wants... but wow … I just know that we have some great candidates in the race already.”

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Bernie Sanders is joined by his son Levi (left) after voting in the Vermont primary in Burlington, March 1, 2016. Reuters
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