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Dublin Councilman Swalwell Announces Bid for New 15th Congressional District

Council member Eric Swalwell will challenge incumbent Pete Stark in the new 15th Congressional District.

Dublin City announced his bid for U.S. Congress in California's new 15th Congressional District on Wednesday.

Voters from Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon, Hayward, Union City, Castro Valley, Fremont and unincorporated Alameda County will become a part of the new 15th District and can cast their vote in the 2012 election.

Swalwell, a Democrat, will seek to upset longtime incumbent Rep. Pete Stark, who currently represents the 13th District, in the new district.

"I know this district well. I know its potential. It is home to talented entrepreneurs, growing families, engaged citizens and decent, hardworking folks," said Swalwell, speaking outside a business complex in front of about 50 supporters.

"But like much of our country, we've faced real challenges these past few years. To reach its potential, this new district needs new energy and new ideas. I have that energy, I have those ideas, and I want to put them to work for you."

Swalwell was raised in Dublin and graduated from . Since 2006, he has served as a prosecutor for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

In 2006, he was appointed to the city of Dublin's . From 2008 to 2010, Swalwell served on the Dublin Planning Commission.

Swalwell was elected to the Dublin City Council in November 2010.

In Wednesday's announcement, he acknowledged he's not a career politician.

"I freely admit that I don't have a lot of experience in Washington, D.C. Some people consider that a weakness, but I think it's my greatest strength," he said.

Stark, a senior member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, has been in office since 1973.

"If you like the way things have been going in Washington, I'm not your man," Swalwell said. "But if you want to see things changed, whatever your background, then I think we can work together."

Swalwell said his agenda includes "creating new jobs, new opportunities and new prosperity for the district."

Members of the Dublin community, including Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, fellow council members, teachers and others, stood behind Swalwell during his announcement to show their support.

"I am running as a Democrat, a proud one. But a Democrat who can work with anyone, from any party, who has good ideas to solve our problems," said Swalwell.

He concluded by making a promise to the audience.

"I will work for you. I will listen to you. I will stand up for you. I will never take you for granted. And if you give me the honor of serving as your next congressman, I will use all the energy and ideas that I have to make this district the best it can possibly be."

For more information on Eric Swalwell's campaign for Congress, visit www.swalwellforcongress.com.

For Dublin election coverage, visit www.dublin.patch.com/elections-2.

Zinn September 22, 2011 at 05:07 PM
I will vote for Swalwell. I can't think of any local congressman who needs to be put out to pasture more than lifetime politician/nut case/embarrassment to his district; Pete Stark....
Tommy Mack September 22, 2011 at 05:47 PM
Name calling such as "nut case" weakens the argument in favor of a newly announced candidate. At this time in congress, we need professional not amateur representation. Mr. Swallwell would do better to run as a Tea Party Republican candidate. That brand is suited for freshmen.
Tim September 22, 2011 at 06:07 PM
Nancy Pelosi?
Zinn September 22, 2011 at 06:08 PM
Stark is a nut case. if you perceive it to be "name calling" so be it. Your Tea Party candidate advice would be disastrous. He has a better shot challenging as a Democrat. Voters are ready for a change. Pete Stark is a needs to go..
Zinn September 22, 2011 at 06:12 PM
>> we need professional not amateur representation.<< Are you kidding me? We need anyone with common sense, a sound economic view and a spine. Professional representation means more of the same and we don't need that..
Maurice Duenas September 22, 2011 at 07:28 PM
Assembyman Kurupt comes to mind whenever I think of Stark. Just like some of the old guard here in Livermore (Kamena, Marchand, etc) Stark needs to be put out to pasture, or whatever they do to mules and jackasses that have gone past their usefulness.
Tim September 22, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Pete Stark is a prime example of why we need term limits in the US Congress. While our Founders rejected the idea I believe they couldn't have foreseen that our Senators and Representatives would be full time and career jobs. Thankfully we have the 22nd Amendment preventing our Dear Leader from residing in the White House beyond January 20, 2017 regardless of how many drones come out to vote next November.
Matt Rempel September 22, 2011 at 11:29 PM
I wish Swalwell all the best. Pete Stark is probably the most arrogant, disrespectful politician in the country, but since he wins by wide margins he can do and say whatever he wants. Let's say "NO" to career politicians from both parties.
Maurice Duenas September 22, 2011 at 11:35 PM
Matt said: Let's say "NO" to career politicians from both parties. AMEN BROTHER - No Marshall Kamena, he has done enough damage to Livermore by being office since the 1970's, before many of us were even born.
Rich Buckley September 28, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Mounting evidence exists that the west coast soils are changing ph-levels being traced to aluminum-barium-strontium aerosol chemtrails altering our soils. The entire west coast wine growing industry soil conditions are at risk. Some of us have started video documenting Livermore chemtrails to audit the evidence and try to decrease the fear of political candidates to address these issues: http://tinyurl.com/3th37a2 . Please help educate your elected officials and political candidates to office that it's time to talk about chemtrails.
Nelson E. Chacon October 04, 2011 at 09:54 PM
The kid has a long road ahead, enjoy the 15 minutues
Carlos Machina January 22, 2012 at 04:33 PM
You anti-Stark people are pretty good at slinging harsh language around, but short on facts to back up your rantings. Perhaps you're just bitter cranks. At least one of you acknowledges that he "wins by wide margins." Since none of you can accept the true meaning of that phrase, you resort to your name-calling, then step it up by insulting the majority of your neighbors, the "wide margins" of voters who don't see it your way. Since they don't, they must be "drones" who must be robbed of their rights by "term limits," which are a tool only losers who hate democracy want to use.
Raleigh January 22, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Pete Stark appears to be quite accomplished at "slinging harsh language around" calling a fellow congress member a "whore", http://articles.latimes.com/1995-03-11/news/mn-41280_1_pete-stark or the infamous town hall peeing remark www.huffingtonpost.com/.../pete-stark-i-wouldnt-dign_n_287080.ht, demonstrates a striking lack of professionalism when voters or congress members disagree with him. While not a fan of Swalwell (He supports the Regional Theater in Livermore despite the fiscal risk to the city’s general fund, and ignores the fact that voters did not approve of using city funds.), it is very difficult to understand how Stark supporters could accuse others of harsh language or unprofessional behavior.

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