EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — U.S. Rep. John Larson, who represents Connecticut’s 1st Congressional District, officially kicked off his re-election bid Friday.

The 73-year-old Democrat is seeking a 13th term in Washington, D.C.

“I can’t think of a more consequential time in our history to be running for public office,” Larson said. “First and foremost because of the people that I represent. There isn’t anyone in the state of Connecticut and first district, or around this nation, who hasn’t felt the effects of this pandemic. I understand the burdens that they face facing grown up here, having lived here all my life.”

Gov. Ned Lamont and Connecticut’s entire Congressional delegation are endorsing Larson.

Larson faces a primary challenge from Muad Hrezi, a progressive Democrat and former aide to Sen. Chris Murphy. Hrezi announced his candidacy in September.

“People are ready for a change and to have a representative supported by regular people, not corporate PACs and lobbyists, and to put the people’s agenda first,” Hrezi said. “We have so many crises that need to be tackled, from crushing student debt that young people face, to seniors unable to retire with dignity because Social Security hasn’t been modernized for decades. People want someone in Washington who is going to put their needs first and not focus only on a corporate agenda.”

It’s the first time Larson has had a Democratic challenger since 1999.