Progressive Democrat enters CD10 race

Former newspaper political editor Adriel Hampton of Dublin announced his candidacy today as a progressive choice for the seat held by Rep. Ellen Tauscher, who has been nominated for an undersecretary’s post under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

He’s also among the first candidate to announce his campaign via Twitter, according to Politico.com.

Hampton writes on his web page that he is “just a guy” but he’s a “guy with a dream.” If he is serious about running for Congress, he had better become a “guy with money.”

Hampton’s web site says:

Inspired by the community-focused revolution of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, today I am officially launching my campaign for California’s 10th Congressional District.

Many of you know me, but for those who don’t, I want to share a little of my background:

I was born in Modesto in 1978 and am a lifetime NorCal boy. I moved to El Cerrito in 1999, after graduating from Delta College, to attend Cal Berkeley. Around the time of my graduation in 2001, I moved to Walnut Creek, where I lived near downtown. Two years ago, I moved to our current home in Dublin.

My wife and I celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary next month, and have two children, 4 and 2. I’ve been a regular BART rider since moving to the Bay Area, and jump on each day to make it to my job as a municipal investigator for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. I remember using BART to get from El Cerrito to Cal, and from Cal to my job as news editor of the Hayward Daily Review at the ANG News Center, sometimes barely catching the midnight line back home.

I am just a guy, but I am a guy with a dream. I want to take aspirations of everyone like me to Congress. It is time for “just folks” to take back the reins of government.

As our country has grown in population, it has grown more and more difficult to stay connected to our elected leadership. The founders intended the members of the House of Representatives — the People’s House — to represent no more than thirty thousand people, yet CA-10 has more than twenty times that number. While the gulf between The Hill and the Bay Area is wide, our tech revolution can bridge that gulf.

Each major media revolution has allowed a new generation of leaders and politics — from FDR and radio to JFK and television to President Obama and the internet.

President Obama showed us what loose networks of concerned citizens can do, becoming the first “social media” candidate. I want to use these new tools to join him in Washington DC to transform a government that has become strangely disconnected from the everyday realities of people in District 10. We have much work to do, starting with building a 21st century economy. But in this time of great challenge, I have great hope.

My campaign will be communicating in revolutionary new ways, and in the traditional. You’ll be seeing me in Livermore and Fairfield, and back in my old haunts in Walnut Creek and El Cerrito.

I will be running a progressive campaign and asking for small donations from thousands of my friends and neighbors. You will be able to follow my campaign through an open calendar and participate through a new social network and a call-in radio show for district residents.

You’ll hear my plans for turning the economy around for people like me and my family – people like you and your family – and for changing the American health care system and fully funding our public schools.

I’ll be telling the story of my environmental and neighborhood activism, and working to bridge the gap between working class voters, technologists and public servants. We are all in this together, and we get the government we are willing to fight for.

I remember being behind the lines as political editor of the San Francisco Examiner, hamming it up with my Bay Area print media colleagues and making sure the TV folks knew what was actually going on. This time, I’m on the other side, but I look forward to talking with you again.

Thank you.


Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Twitter is for buzz. Now we’re talking to the money people. Thanks for the coverage!

  • Adrian

    I think Adriel is just the candidate we need. I like his emphasis on communication with voters, and I like his enthusiasm. It is time for exactly the kind of community-focused politics that Adriel proposes. Let’s put a proper progressive in Congress.

  • RR

    Where can I send my small donation of one penny, payable in installments: a half-cent now, the rest after the primary?

  • 4Antioch

    I have boots older than Adriel Hampton.

    Apparently Adriel is not aware that CD-10 is a more moderate congressional district.

    Working for Kamela Harris and supporting “sanctuary” for illegal aliens is not going to go down well in CD-10.\

    RR – save your penny!

  • SRK

    I like the passion Adriel has. He is exactly what we need in Congress. He can bring fresh new ideas instead of the old way of thinking that is easy to get stuck in.

    4Antioch – Time to put your boots on craigslist.

  • Michael Kelty

    Adriel is about connections; not the kind in back, smoke-filled rooms full of political cronies and special interests, but connecting to people and connection each of us with our public officials in CD-10, and across CA as we are all in this together. I am tired of feeling like none of our elected officials even want to hear what I have to say, let alone show interest beyond election. Adriel is saying he wants to be our representative and cannot do the job without his constituents playing an important role and staying involved throughout his term. We need to face the fact that to make our government better, we need to be more involved. If not, we’ll just be spectators and not the participants we need to be.

  • Michael, that’s exactly what I’m talking about! It’s why I left the Democratic Party convention on Friday to get back into the district and talk to folks. The only person I met this weekend who disagreed with that decision was an Assembly staffer.