Swalwell wins 15th Congressional District Around Town, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Nov 7, 2012 at 9:25 am
Dublin City Councilman Eric Swalwell has unseated Pete Stark for the 15th Congressional district. As of early Wednesday morning, with all precincts reporting, Swalwell held a lead of 6,332 votes. Swalwell received 74,007 votes, 52.23% of the total vote to Stark's 67,675 votes, about 47.2%.
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Posted by Pazo, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 7, 2012 at 9:25 am
Hooray! We no longer have the craziest of the crazies for our Congressman. Stark was so loony that he stood out as a super-loon among the left-wing loon Bay Area Congressional delegation (and that's saying a lot since Queen Pelosi is in that group). It would be nice if a criminal investigation were held concerning his kids receiving Social Security, and for him falsely claiming he lives in California. But, we all know that will never happen.
The other benefit of Swalwell winning is that it put a great big ol' roadblock in the path of the Hippy Mayor, who has been craving a Congressional seat for years. Now she will have to lower her sights and run for the California Loonislature, or better yet, if she still has designs on a Congressional seat she will have to move out of the district!
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Nov 7, 2012 at 9:58 am
"It would be nice if a criminal investigation were held concerning his kids receiving Social Security..."
I didn't like the news about Stark's kids receiving Social Security either. There doesn't seem to be anything criminal about it. That's just the way the rules currently are. But I thought that a man of integrity wouldn't exploit a loophole like that, and voted against him because of that.
Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin, on Nov 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm dublinmike is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Stark headed home to Fremont? The reports indicated that his "home" was in San Leandro.
Whether you are Republican, Tea Party member or Democrat, the Tri-Valley is very fortunate to have Eric Swalwell. But, he will face a battle from the very far right in our district that he has not had to face with Dublin city council. I hope he has a very thick hide.
Posted by Sandy Piderit, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Nov 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm
Congratulations to Eric Swalwell! I'm glad to have someone who has made a commitment to remain rooted in this community representing us in Washington, and with more moderate views, compared to Pete Stark.
Congratulations also to our former Congressman Jerry McNerney, who was elected in the 9th district to the East of Pleasanton.
I hope that they will work together with other California representatives to find pragmatic consensus on key issues in Washington D.C.