The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: Former Rep. Pete Stark’s college-age son has launched a campaign for elected office.
Fortney “Fish” Stark announced Tuesday on Facebook that he’s running for the Ward 1 seat on the Board of Alders in New Haven, Conn., to represent the swath of the city that includes most of Yale’s undergraduate campus. Stark, 19, is in his sophomore year studying political science at Yale.
“I love New Haven, and I love Yale, and I know that these two communities are strongest when we engage meaningfully with one another and work together towards progressive change,” he wrote. “I’m running because I want to work to bridge the divide between Yalies and the city. Yale students should be proud to call themselves New Haveners, and earn that identity through meaningful participation – and New Haveners should feel respected and supported by Yale.”
Stark wrote that he wants to continue the work and experiences he has had in New Haven so far: working over the summer for an afterschool and weekend enrichment program for local youths; serving on the city’s Peace Commission; serving on the Yale College Democrats’ board; and more.
“I hope that we can use this election as a platform to start community-wide conversations about what meaningful, respectful engagement in New Haven looks like, and how we can create a campus climate that supports this positive citizenship,” he wrote.
The elder Fortney “Pete” Stark represented part of the East Bay in Congress for 40 years before losing his seat to fellow Democrat Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, in 2012. The Stark family resides in Maryland, where Fish grew up.
It’s no secret that Fish Stark has had his eye on a political career. He helped out on his father’s 2012 campaign, and also that year won election as president of the Princeton Model Congress in Washington D.C.
UPDATE @ 4:15 P.M.: Click here for the story I’ve just filed for the print editions, with a bit more background.