Pareja Becomes Official Write-In Candidate for Congress

Chris Pareja’s late run for inclusion on the November ballot fell about 4,000 signatures shy last month, but his campaign announced Monday he has received official status by the Secretary of State’s office to oppose Rep. Pete Stark and the Republican nominee Forest Baker as a write-in candidate.

“Note to Pete and Forest: We are coming for you in November,” Pareja wrote followers today on his campaign Facebook page. “The people of the 13th have a choice that actually lives in the district, listens to them, treats them with respect and will represent their interests in Washington, D.C.”

Pareja’s grassroots campaign has drawn interest from local Tea Party group and he has aligned himself with detractors of Stark, who call the East Bay lawmaker rude and out-of-touch with voters in the 13th District.

In a video posted today, Pareja is shown challenging Stark to a debate to which the congressman replies, “not a chance” and asks, “why should I help you with your campaign?”