Swalwell announces candidacy for U.S. President

Tri-Valley Democrat launches White House bid with message of 'Go Big. Be Bold. Do Good.'

Tri-Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell officially has his eye on the biggest seat in Washington, D.C., confirming Monday that he will be running for the Democratic Party's nomination for U.S. President in 2020.

Swalwell, a 38-year-old Dublin native in his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, has been a visible critic of the Trump administration and an active voice in national news and on social media, especially around topics such as gun violence, immigration, national security and presidential integrity.

"I'm ready to solve these problems. I'm running for President of the United States ... It's official; boy did it feel good to say that," Swalwell said during a taping of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," which aired Monday night.

Swalwell, who's been the subject of presidential campaign conjecture for months, confirmed his bid for the first time late Monday afternoon by releasing a snippet of his "Late Show" appearance as part of a campaign ad on social media. His campaign slogan is "Go Big. Be Bold. Do Good."

He is the 18th Democratic candidate to enter the race for the party's nomination to face off against President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

In an email to the Weekly, Swalwell said of his White House bid, "I'm running for President to bring our 15th (Congressional) District values to the nation -- protecting all our kids and each other from the threat of gun violence, ensuring every American has health care that never bankrupts them or forces them to rely on charity, and making sure all our kids get their start in top-notch schools and can go on to college without incurring a lifetime of debt."

"I'm doing this because after six years in Congress, I still see far too many working Americans treading hard just to stay afloat and unable to ever get ahead," he added. "Nothing will change unless we have a President who is willing to go big on the issues we take, be bold with the solutions we offer, and do good in the way that we govern."

"We can bring the promise of America -- if you work hard, it adds up to more for you and your kids -- to all Americans if we go big, be bold, and do good," Swalwell said.

The sitting legislator also tried to quell concerns about potential negative impacts his presidential campaign would have on his congressional work.

"My congressional offices won't lose a beat in providing constituents the service and help they need, or with pushing the legislation we believe in," said Swalwell, whose district includes the Tri-Valley communities of Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon, along with Fremont, Hayward, Castro Valley, Union City and some unincorporated areas.

And his Tri-Valley constituents will be able to hear from their local presidential candidate directly when he holds a "kickoff rally" at his alma mater Dublin High School this weekend amid a 10-day blitz of campaign appearances nationwide.

The event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the high school on Village Parkway.

Swalwell has been seen as a rising star within the Democratic Party since he burst onto the national scene as a 31-year-old Alameda County prosecutor and Dublin City Council member who successfully unseated longtime congressman and fellow Democrat Pete Stark in November 2012.

Swalwell then won re-election comfortably against little-known Republicans in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

As the Democrats have reclaimed control of the House for the first time during his tenure, Swalwell currently holds leadership positions like co-chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and chair of the Intelligence Modernization and Readiness Subcommittee of the House Committee on Intelligence.

He is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee and chair emeritus of the Future Forum, the House Democrats' millennial engagement group he founded.

Swalwell's national profile has continued to grow in recent years, especially in light of interviews for national television and print news pieces, appearances at town halls across the country, and regular posts and stakeholder engagement on social media.

Swalwell supporters see the Bay Area legislator as a voice of reason on key issues important to everyday families and younger voters, including gun legislation, health care and education costs, national security and presidential integrity.

Critics often counter that Swalwell is too inexperienced a politician, lacks tangible legislative accomplishments for his district or the country during his six-plus years in Congress or is an overly partisan young politician too focused on liberal narratives about Trump.

In the hours and days after the presidential bid announcement, national pundits have characterized the Dublin native as a long-shot among the Democrats to declare to date -- the official candidate count seems between 16 and 18, depending on the source.

Higher-profile candidates so far include U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.), Bernie Sanders (Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Cory Booker (N.J.), former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Texas).

Time will tell how Swalwell's candidacy resonates nationwide, but he's already working to spread his campaign message, with appearances in Florida and South Carolina in the days after his announcement and upcoming stops scheduled in South Carolina (Friday) Dublin (Sunday), Las Vegas (Monday) and New Hampshire (next Thursday).

Born and raised partly in Iowa, with his family later settling in Dublin, Swalwell earned bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Maryland. He is the eldest of four sons of a retired police officer and a senior administrative assistant and likes to point out that his parents and many family members are Republicans.

He and wife Brittany have a toddler son, Nelson, and a baby daughter, Cricket.

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56 people like this
Posted by Greg T
a resident of Diablo
on Apr 9, 2019 at 7:33 am

That explaines it...that all of Swalwell's anti-Trump rhetoric of the past 6 months was leading up to something. I suspected such. What Eric is forgetting though, is that a lot of us that may have voted for him also voted for Pres.Trump. He surely won't get our votes now.

24 people like this
Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Apr 9, 2019 at 8:04 am

Rick is a registered user.

How does a candidate differentiate him/herself in a field of at least 18 others? Perhaps by achievement, preferably notable achievement(s). Mr. Swalwell would do well to not consider being vainglorious as an achievement.

24 people like this
Posted by Dalen
a resident of Danville
on Apr 9, 2019 at 9:06 am


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Posted by Westerner
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 9, 2019 at 9:15 am

Swalwell is obsessed with Trump Russia collusion during the 2016 Presidential campaign and will not accept the Mueller Report which says that there was no collusion. Perhaps Swalwell should worry about his own illegal campaign activities. He colluded with Bill Watkins to accept and keep illegally laundered campaign contributions through Watkins' family members. Then as a payback for the illegal contributions, Swalwell gave a government job to one of Watkins' daughters. This amounted to bribery on Swalwell's part. Here is a link to the East Bay Express news story which documents all of this.Web Link

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Posted by Nando
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 9, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Swallwell, the most monotone boring person who just wants more public notice for never really saying anything of great public value.

At his young age with very little time growing politically, wants to be the president.

Who would want such with little to no maturity politically, to vote for anything

43 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 9, 2019 at 7:22 pm

The only thing noteworthy about Swalwell is his over inflated ego. How do you spell looser?-------E.S.

21 people like this
Posted by The Dude
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 9, 2019 at 8:05 pm


18 people like this
Posted by What?
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 10, 2019 at 9:32 am

Mr. Swalwell is certainly NOT very much liked around here... How in the hell did he ever get elected in the first place?

29 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 11, 2019 at 5:12 am

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which involved 40 agents, 2,800 subpoenas, some 500 search warrants, and 500 witness interviews, concluded it could not “establish that the members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” Attorney General William Barr told lawmakers. (Washington Examiner.)


Swalwell, the former prosecutor, a former officer of the court, a law school graduate, claimed in 2017 that he had personally seen "things on the classified side that” are “even stronger evidence” the Trump's team colluded with Russia. The congressman alleged later in November 2018 that “we are seeing the evidence that there was a conspiracy to cover up” Russian collusion. In January, he maintained, without evidence, that “it’s pretty clear” and that it’s “almost hiding in plain sight” that the president is a foreign agent working on the behalf of Russia. (Washington Examiner)

Where is all this evidence Swalwell speaks of? What is he waiting for?

There is an irony to Swalwell’s assertions. Every law enforcement officer is familiar with the Brady vs Maryland case. In short, Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963), was a landmark United States Supreme Court case that established that the prosecution must turn over all evidence that might exonerate the defendant (exculpatory evidence) to the defense. The prosecution failed to do so for Brady and he was convicted.

The fallout from Brady is basically a deathknell to a law enforcement officer’s career. Any law enforcement officer accused of withholding evidence or lying is placed on a “Brady List.” Swalwell, being a former law enforcement officer himself, knows all too well that withholding evidence is a legal no, no - hence the irony in his claims about Russian collusion.

So... Why hold back Mr. Swalwell if the president is, as you say, a Russian agent (former KGB, or current FSB perhaps?), then why not bring forth the fruit of from the poisonous tree?

23 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Apr 11, 2019 at 7:03 am

Eric Swalwell is the ultimate phony. The only reason he has declared his candidacy for President is to raise his public profile. Ultimately, his goal is to be appointed to Diane Feinstein's seat when she is declared too demented to continue to serve (I can't understand how this hasn't happened already). He could care less about the District he represents and if you follow him on any social media you would see that he lives in Iowa with his wife and two kids. He has proposed zero meaningful legislation and has continued to advocate for wasting taxpayer money on an investigation that has found nothing in over two years. What a loser!

7 people like this
Posted by E. Cho
a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 11, 2019 at 11:06 am

Web Link

12 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on May 3, 2019 at 12:28 pm

E. Cho - E. Cho - E. Cho - E. Cho - E. Cho ------

Had to have been listening!

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