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Political family legacy poised to continue

Aug 8, 2018

Democratic candidate for Michigan's ninth Congressional district Andy Levin talking to supporters after winning his primary election.
Credit Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

The son of retiring Congressman Sander Levin won the Democratic nod to replace his father. Andy Levin defeated former state representative Ellen Lipton and Martin Brook.

“They were sharp. They had a strong message. They really made our campaign better,” Levin said after claiming victory.

Both his father, Sander Levin, and his uncle, former U.S. Senator Carl Levin gathered with supporters who were waiting for election results in the ninth Congressional district.

After Levin announced he was running, some reader comments after newspaper stories of the announcement complained about another political family holding onto power.

Levin says this is not about a family political dynasty.

“I’ve been fighting for working people in Michigan and Washington for 35 years in the labor movement, in the environmental movement, in the human rights movement and I think that really resonated with people in this campaign,” Levin said.

Andy Levin faces Republican Candius Stearns in November.