Incumbent Eric Swalwell is competing for his fourth term representing District 15, which includes Pleasanton. The 37-year-old Democrat, a former Dublin councilman and county prosecutor, continues to be a strong voice for the Bay Area in Congress whose star continues to rise within his party and yet he remains active within the district.
We prefer Swalwell in the primary. His legislative record is unmatched in this election.
Challenger Rudy Peters, a Republican from Livermore, is a Navy veteran and owns a systems engineering firm, but he has no elected service experience and on a local level only served on the Livermore Human Services Commission.
The other candidate is Pleasanton resident Brendan St. John, a medical marketing executive running without party preference. We commend St. John's enthusiasm and interest in the position, but if he really wants to effect change, we urge starting with local elected office and building from there.
The top two candidates will advance to a runoff in November, and it would be great to see St. John's name next to Swalwell's on that ballot.
Article: Pleasanton Weekly