Eric Swalwell offers a ‘Ride With Your Rep’

Rep. Eric Swalwell has a new twist on the “Congress on Your Corner” meetings that many lawmakers hold with constituents.

Swalwell, D-Dublin, will hold his first “Ride With Your Rep” event tomorrow morning, Saturday, Jan. 26, in which constituents can chat up the freshman lawmaker while taking a bike ride through part of the district.

“I look forward to hosting my first Ridewith Your Rep event tomorrow and talking with East Bay residents as we bike through the community,” said Swalwell.

“This will give everyone a chance to discuss important issues while getting exercise, having fun, and experiencing the wonderful environment we are lucky to have in the Tri-Valley,” Swalwell said in a news release.

Constituents are invited to meet Swalwell at 9:30 a.m. at the Dublin Cyclery, 7001 Dublin Blvd. in Dublin; the ride will start at 10:00 a.m., bound for downtown Pleasanton, where the group can lunch at the Main Street Café, 401 Main St. For more information, call Swalwell’s district office at 925-460-5100.

Swalwell, 32, defeated 20-term incumbent Pete Stark in November to represent the 15th Congressional District.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • GV Haste

    No doubt some will laugh at this concept, but I think this event and others that aim to bring in a new segment of the voters will serve the best interests of finding out what that “other” broad spectrum of the citizens are thinking.

    For decades our congressman and local legislators have become stuck in the town meeting format. A format which usually consists of the same 100 to 200 citizens, showing up each time. The age group skewing about two times that of the average voter.
    So by all means, keep the “town hall” meetings, but open up the process to new ways of interacting.

    Personally I got tired of the predictable Pete Stark town halls. Ninety percent of the crowd nodding their heads and telling Pete how much they loved him, and then about 5% of the extreme Tea Party types who were there to serve as Pete’s foil.
    Lather, rinse, repeat, 10 times a year for 40 years.

  • JohnW

    Even though I didn’t support his candidacy, I’ve been favorably impressed so far. However, somebody should remind the Congressman that his district isn’t just Dublin and Pleasanton, or just Alameda County. Over it’s strong objections, San Ramon (population 72,397) was cut off from the rest of Contra Costa County and used as “fill” for the newly drawn 15th district. San Ramon isn’t just the town across the street from Dublin. It extends all the way North and East to the Danville/Blackhawk area.

  • Elwood

    Ellen Tauscher speaks (still) from the heart


    Words of wisdom from a great American stateswoman.

  • JohnW

    Re: #3 Elwood Says

    As a fairly recent arrival to the state, I missed most of Tauscher’s time in office and hold a positive view of her based mostly on reputation. I must say, however, that Elwood’s affection for her is striking considering that her views on public policy issues, moderate as they may be, are not the ones that typically draw cheers from Elwood. Gun control being one example. Or her enthusiasm for Hillary. Go figure.

    Then again, I’m sure I disagree with Bill Baker on just about everything. However, having had a chance to meet and chat with him a few times at taxpayer association meetings, I found him to be a very nice, easily approached gentleman and a strong supporter of Scouting.

  • Elwood

    @ John W #4

    It’s the exception that proves the rule donchaknow?

    Bill has always been personally charming whether you agree with his politics or not.

  • Alcoahead

    @3 —

    Hate to spoil this Tauscheristic party/lovefest but I can’t wait to see either Ro Khanna or Ellen Corbett take this b***h and her cohorts/posse (including the entirely biased “political columnist” Lisa V, “campaign manager” Lisa T, and “political strategist” Mary H, not to mention the “Tauscherian Candidate/stand-in” himself, Eric S) down in 2014, and open up the the 580/680 corridor of Congressional politics to “a whole new day”.