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Pleasanton man launches third-party bid for Congress

Original post made on Oct 11, 2017

A Pleasanton resident with a professional background in marketing for the medical industry has announced he is running to represent the Tri-Valley and the rest of the 15th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 4:22 PM

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13 people like this
Posted by J
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 11, 2017 at 9:12 am

A marketing guy with lots of vague promises and zero specifics or relevant experience... Hmmm, where have we seen this before?

He moved here at 27, and says it's "where I grew up"? My mom was patient with me, but not THAT patient!


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Posted by brad hirst
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 11, 2017 at 9:51 am

Good for the Independent. Political parties are obsolete. Partisan politicsians serve only themselves.
we need a GOOD GOVERNMENT PARTY


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Posted by Becky Dennis
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Oct 11, 2017 at 10:04 am

More info:
Web Link


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Posted by Arroyo2
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 11, 2017 at 10:39 am

Like many of my neighbors, when we voted for Eric Swalwell it was to get rid of Pete Stark. We didn't know we were helping to elect a sock-puppet for Nancy Pelosi. Good luck Mr. St John - We hope you do well.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 11, 2017 at 10:49 am

Pleasanton Parent is a registered user.

Agree with the intent, don't know how successful he can be as an independent in what is a two party system. Would much rather see him on either ticket - not because I believe in the two party system, but because I don't see a probable path to success without one side or the other backing.


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Posted by community member
a resident of Dublin
on Oct 11, 2017 at 11:49 am

Swalwell has been front and center taking an aggressive approach challenging the current administration with valid talking points while others have chosen not to be controversial sitting on the sidelines. He has the experience, education and courage to call out those that are tearing down what we have accomplished thus far. He has a proven track record and has been engaged in the political process for the right reasons. Swalwell has stepped in to serve those under represented areas to raise awareness. Swalwell called out Representative Devin Nunes on his treacherous stupidity while many where simply scratching their heads. He is not afraid to call out others on national TV and argues successfully against commentators. We need someone to hit the ground running each and everyday on a national level. I would ask Mr. St. John to take notice and perhaps step up to support Swalwell and start his political bid at the local level to develop a little more street cred. And the answer is "no," I don't have my Swalwell glasses on, just my eyes and mind open.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 11, 2017 at 11:52 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Swalwell has done a lot of good for the city and county of San Francisco!
Swalwell has done nothing for Pleasanton and the eighteenth congressional district!


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Posted by retired
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Oct 11, 2017 at 12:18 pm

In reply to J it was Swalwell who commented he grew up in this valley. Notice the place in the paragraph where the quote was referring to his "re-election".


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 11, 2017 at 12:26 pm

Pleasanton Parent is a registered user.

Community Member,
I don't think Swalwell is all bad, I'm sure he has delivered on meaningful achievements (I hope) but your post doesn't highlight any that I think the people that elected him expected him to do. Everything you have touted as accomplishments are nothing more than words.

Front and Center taking an aggressive approach challenging the current administration
.....great, what has it delivered? I can yell, "rabble, rabble, rabble" from the sidelines as well. What has he done to deliver success or closed on given the current difficulties with the administration and divisive climate today? Those are the meaningful actions I'm more concerned with....not that he's yelling when others aren't....big deal.

Stepped in to serve those underrepresented to raise awareness
- again, words, what actions? Oh, declared we're a sanctuary city? again, words.

called out Representative Devin Nunes on his treacherous stupidity
- again, words, what actions? What changes delivered?

He is not afraid to call out others on national TV and argues successfully against commentators.
- again, words, what actions?

We need someone to hit the ground running each and everyday on a national level. I would ask Mr. St. John to take notice and perhaps step up to support Swalwell and start his political bid at the local level to develop a little more street cred.
- agreed, and ask anyone with street cred how they got it, its not from words, its from actually hitting the ground running and delivering or doing something, not just talking about it. Not hard to talk a big game.



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Posted by Brendan St John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2017 at 12:28 pm

@J I respect your skepticism. Please feel free to visit my web site where I detail specifics. I also communicated my ideas to the Pleasanton Weekly during the interview, but understand that they must write what they feel is important to communicate to the readers within the space they have for the article. The statement about growing up in the area from the article is one made by Eric Swalwell, not me. I was born and raised in Ohio and moved to California in 1990.

@Community Member I appreciate your perspective. When I was testing the waters for this campaign the topic of elected experience was something I would ask people regarding how important it was to them. Some did say that they prefer a more traditional path, but others said that having an outsider was actually quite appealing to them as they would prefer someone "more like them" in Washington. I'm also reminded that many said that Eric was premature in his challenge of Pete Stark, and yet he was elected over Stark. The great thing is everyone has different views and that's okay. Our election process allows the people to vet the candidates and then vote for the person they feel would best represent them in Washington.


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Posted by Erin
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 11, 2017 at 12:30 pm

A guy with no experience? Why shouldn't he start out in city government, run for city council and learn about how government works before he expects to be in congress. Honestly, I think it's incredibly narcissistic to think you can start out in Congress. Big red flag. No way!


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Posted by J
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 11, 2017 at 2:05 pm

My mistake on the growing up quote.

Checked out your site:

The NO PAC pledge is good...

...Allowing industry lobbyists to write the health care laws seems to be entirely in vain of that ideal. And there is no mechanism for having a national referendum vote within our constitution. We live in a republic, for now. We need representatives that can show leadership and stand behind the policies that they propose, not outsource it.

It would probably be best to not have the phrase: "National Referendum" on your website, if you also wish to be taken seriously.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Oct 11, 2017 at 2:22 pm

@Erin: "A guy with no experience? Why shouldn't he start out in city government, run for city council and learn about how government works before he expects to be in congress."

Hey, we now have a President who, unlike virtually every other President in history, has no previous government or military experience and look how well he's working out - well, at least when he's not challenging his own Secretary of State to an IQ contest.

:-)


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Posted by Becky Dennis
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Oct 11, 2017 at 4:38 pm

If elected to Congress, with which party does Brendan St. John plan to caucus?


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 11, 2017 at 6:03 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Republican of course!
If candidate denies this, he will not get elected!


19 people like this
Posted by Ridgerunner
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Oct 11, 2017 at 6:51 pm

Anybody but Swallwel. Get rid of that vestige of th Obama Pelosi era once and for all!


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Posted by Lin
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 11, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Hey, Ridge Runner

You said right!!!

Go for it St John and don't listen to the old Obama supporters.


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Posted by J
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 12, 2017 at 7:22 am

As this area gets younger and more educated, republicans have no chance. Which is part of the reason Swalwell got 75% last election. All indications are he'll do much better than that this time.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 12, 2017 at 7:28 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Those indications are representing the republican party.
Where as indications are an independent can defeat Swalwell!


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 12, 2017 at 8:18 am

Pleasanton Parent is a registered user.

J,
I don't completely agree with that. While I understand why you're making the statement, as a higher educated younger demographic voter I'm tired of being taxed...incrementally and in perpetuity.

I think the social positions of the traditional republican party are turning more people away, but there is a tipping point (I've hit) where the impact on my personal income is more impactful to me than the social positions the traditional democratic party is taking (i.e. I'm onboard with LGBTxyz rights, but taking position on sanctuary cities over tax reform - you lost me).

Find me the fiscally conservative democrat or the socially progressive republican and you have my vote.


3 people like this
Posted by Mike
a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 12, 2017 at 8:40 am

He has my vote


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Posted by Hotslide
a resident of Oak Tree Acres
on Oct 12, 2017 at 9:33 am

Swallwell comes across on television as uneducated on the issues and strikes me as someone running for a high school class spokesperson. Very shallow and always has in hand the usual democratic talking points he is obligated to spew, wether or not they pertain to the issue at hand or the question posed. Sock Puppet is a good characterization. It's embarrassing to be represented by these people that bleed to tell the rest of us the right way to think and pursue life. When pelosi waves the wand the minions line up for the marxist cause of the moment. Get rid of Swallwell !!


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Oct 12, 2017 at 9:59 am

@Hotside: "Swallwell comes across on television as uneducated on the issues and strikes me as someone running for a high school class spokesperson. Very shallow and always has in hand the usual democratic talking points...."

Hmmm....I'm going to take a wild guess and say that you voted for Trump. So let's see, what were you saying? "Uneducated on the issues"? Strikes you as "someone running for high school class spokesperson"? "Very shallow"?


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Posted by EastBay Res
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 12, 2017 at 7:02 pm

EastBay Res is a registered user.

I don't usually comment on social media in fact I avoid it completely, so pls forgive the length. I try to reach those involved directly to share my opinions in the hopes of accurate answers, insights, and feedback. However, I joined the weekly just to share my extremely critical feedback on Eric Swalwell and how shady and misleadingly he operates. It's that important to me. Over the past year, I have respectfully reached out to Mr. Swalwell 5 or 6 times and attended town halls simply to hear and ask questions about his specific positions on legislative issues. Here's the result in a nutshell: He is evasive. He uses staffers to provide useless form letters to evade answering critical topics. He NEVER gives a straight answer. Even on the national news he doesn't answer basic questions with honesty. And what about the pure puff piece written about him several weeks ago in the Weekly paper. His own PR people couldn't have done a better more slanted job of that one. He cant seem to think for himself. He has cultivated an "honest homeboy image "but is not forthcoming and worse is dishonest in his responses. I have studied his voting record. He is not a representative of his constituents and seems to prefer to tow the party line while doing nothing for us. He is like a 3rd grader leaning over and peeking at Nancy Pelosi's voting sheet during a "test" to get the answers. I am fed up with him as a representative. Another term? As the schools tell kids regarding drugs--"Just say no." A final note to Mr. Swalwell himself...I know you read the social media because your image is obviously what you care about most. I hope you read this one. We need someone who is forthcoming, straight with us, responsive, and values people over politics.


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