After some speculation in light of multiple Iowa appearances in recent months, Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) said Friday that he is "considering" a 2020 presidential run.
Speaking to media briefly before a morning coffee-with-constituents event in Fremont, Swalwell said that he would wait until November to decide, a monumental month for him both politically and personally.
"I'm going to consider it after the midterms. Right now I'm doing all I can to earn my way back to Washington," the 37-year-old congressman told the handful of reporters gathered outside the East Bay Cafe Depot.
"My wife and I are expecting Nov. 4. For the country it's a midterm; for us it's a full term," he added. "So I want to focus on the health of our baby."
Swalwell represents the 15th Congressional District, which covers most of eastern Alameda County, including Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and Fremont, along with San Ramon in Contra Costa County.
Right now, he said, he's traveling around the country to help other Democrats running in order to "change the course of our country, protect healthcare, protect paychecks, protect our democracy and win a Democratic majority in Congress."
Swalwell said that the final decision on a presidential campaign would mostly hinge upon family considerations.
"It's a big sacrifice," he said. "But I do believe that our country needs new energy, new ideas and new leadership. And the best path forward for our country is not to go backward, but to turn a page forward as we look for those characteristics."
Swalwell has become a fixture on national news outlets and a vocal critic of President Donald Trump. He joins a host of other politicians who have made treks to Iowa over the past few years, often seen as an indication of presidential prospects, as the Iowa caucuses mark the first major contest in presidential primary elections.
His recent activity in the state wasn't lost on the 50-plus constituents crowding into the Fremont cafe on Friday. The first comment Swalwell received after his 15-minute opening speech was from an attendee who said that he would have many local supporters should he choose to run.
Fremont City Councilman Raj Salwan was present to show his support of Swalwell and said that he's been a strong backer of the congressman for many years. He called the possibility of a presidential run "very exciting."
"He's a local boy, he's worked his way up, he's been in the District Attorney's Office, he's been in the Dublin City Council," Salwan said. "And a congressman, he was an upstart, fresh ideas, fresh perspective. And maybe we need that in this country, we need fresh blood to bring America back from 'Make America Great Again,' to 'Make America Safe Again,' and sane again, and inclusive of all the communities that we have in the Bay Area and the country."
In the short-term, Swalwell is facing off against Republican challenger Rudy Peters in the general election this November, after earning 70.86% of the vote in the June primary election. Peters, a business owner from Livermore, was the second highest vote-getter in the June primary, with 25.54%.