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Political family legacy poised to continue

Lester Graham
Michigan Radio
Former U.S. Senator Carl Levin, candidate Andy Levin, and Congressman Sander Levin.
Credit Lester Graham / Michigan Radio
Michigan Radio
Democratic candidate for Michigan's ninth Congressional district Andy Levin talking to supporters after winning his primary election.

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.

Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Radio from 1998-2010.
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