They oughta sell programs and popcorn at this one: Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, and his Democratic upstart challenger Eric Swalwell will both be at the TriValley Democratic Club’s candidates night this coming Monday, and I’ll be surprised if some sparks don’t fly.
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 in the IBEW Local 595 hall at 6250 Village Parkway in Dublin; it’s open to the public. Each candidate will have a few minutes for an opening statement and then answer questions from the audience; a straw poll will be taken after all the candidates have spoken.
Stark’s office recently confirmed to me that he’ll be there; Swalwell says he will, too. I’m not aware of the two of them having crossed paths since Swalwell – an Alameda County prosecutor and Dublin councilman – declared his candidacy in September.
Stark, 80, is known for his plain-spoken and occasionally… [ahem] colorful dialogue; Swalwell, 31, has been pounding the pavement trying to portray Stark as having been in office so long that he’s far out of touch with voters. Each says he’s best qualified to serve the newly drawn 15th Congressional District, but this club is Swalwell’s home turf. I’ll be curious to see what they say when they’re face-to-face.
Invited candidates for offices not contested by other Democrats include Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo; state Senator Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord; and Alameda County Supervisors Nate Miley and Scott Haggerty.