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15th Congressional District Candidates Chris Pareja, Congressman Pete Stark and Eric Swalwell to Debate this Tuesday

Candidate Forum sponsored by League of Women Voters, Eden Area.

Submitted by: Lisa Tucker for the League of Women Voters

15th District Congressional Candidates to Debate at League of Women Voters, Eden Area-Sponsored Candidate Forum

This is the first forum sponsored by an independent, non-partisan organization.

 On Tuesday, April 10, 2012 the three candidates for Congress in CA-15 – business owner Chris Pareja, Congressman Pete Stark and Dublin City Councilmember Eric Swalwell – will debate in a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Eden Area.  The forum will be held from 8:00 – 9:00 P.M. at Hayward City Hall in the council chambers.   

 “Voters in the 2012 election are ready for a new direction and I can bring needed change to Washington, DC,” said Swalwell.  “I’m looking forward to laying out my priorities to the constituents in the district and how they differ from our current Representative.” 

Contact for LWV:  Nancy Van Huffel, (510) 562-4473

WHEN:      Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 8:00 P.M.

WHERE:     Hayward City Hall, Council chambers located at 777 B Street

Suzanne April 11, 2012 at 06:34 AM
I was there and Stark was obnoxious. He really put off the audience. The real winner in this debate was Chris Pareja. He stayed on point, answered the questions, and had good insights on what is needed in Washington. He never engaged in personal attacks and talked about what he would do if he was elected. He was genuine and didn't come off as a typical politician. Stark repeatedly violated the rules of the debate by engaging in personal attacks instead of focusing on himself and his record. But it makes sense. If you attack your opponents then you can keep the focus off of your own failures. He continued his personal attacks after being asked to stop. The moderator finally had to cut him off. He did not come off well to the audience at all! Swalwell came off too practiced and stiff. Not horrible, but Pareja definitely stood out as the best candidate.
David April 11, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Brash, I know it's hard to comprehend this, but those aren't my quotations. Those gems came from the mouth of your hero, Fortney Hillman Stark, ex-banker, racist, homophobe and chauvinist.
David April 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM
That's what happens when you view your job as an entitlement like Fortney Hillman Stark does. After all, he's gotten away with decades of racist, homophobic, anti-woman remarks because of his armies of mindless straight-ticket Democrat voters.
Brash Brazen April 19, 2012 at 02:09 AM
As everyone but David apparently knows Pete is & always has been a supporter of the rights of minorities,the LGBT community & women's rights. He supports programs for the poor & disabled,gay marriage & gay's in the military,women's reproductive rights & equal pay for women. He also in the forefront of the effort to overhaul the federal government's draconian laws concerning marijuana ! Unlike his Republican detractors who oppose all these issues he isn't the one who's "racist,homophobic or anti-women" as this is a far more apt description of their repugnant agenda !! It would be like the pot calling the kettle black except they don't like pot so choose your own euphemism. Just another one of David's delusional diatribes,what else should we expect from someone who actually believes his own ill-conceived & inanely biased comments ?
Ron April 20, 2012 at 08:07 AM
BB, you're just repeating Pete's talking points again. As the song says, "don't let your own wheels drive you crazy (or blind you from the truth/real life)!" Say, are you and Summer Hemphill related/connected in some way? You keep repeating the same old trash from the "Rules for Radicals" book from back in the late '60s. Maybe I do detect a little of that "Mary Jane" smell that we notice when SH signs on? Everyone should indeed be treated fairly and respectfully. Do we agree? Everyone, however, by their own individual capabilities/talents, won't all achieve the same results. Do you agree? Everyone would naturally more expect to receive the opportunity for a job from a "rich" person long before they would from a "poor" person. Do you agree? See how I've helped you already by eliminating some of the useless topics you keep bringing up? Let's go from here BB and see how we can "save the world", OK? However, if you end up insisting that "Pete's World" is the way to go, again, just look at North Korea: 1) Everyone is poor, 2) There are no "minorities", 3) There is no LGBT community, 4) Women's rights are the same as the men's....NONE!, 5) Much like in China, you either have ZERO children or maybe just one, the rest are aborted, 6) Pay is not an issue...everyone is paid the same, about $1.00 a day (that may be high), 7) Smoke "Mary Jane" or use drugs, go to jail/prison. How's this for a "repugnant agenda" for you?

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