By now, Rep. Eric Swalwell’s image on any cable news network over the past three years has greatly raised his profile in a mostly positive manner. But there is a flip-side to his ubiquity in the public eye. Six candidates will challenge his re-election in the 15th Congressional District next March.
They include three Democrats, two Republicans, and an independent. Democrats Samantha Campbell, Austin Intal, and Tuan Phan qualified for the Mar. 3 primary, as did Republican Alison Hayden.
The field also features a cast of characters, like Republican Peter Liu, who has advocated in the past for legalizing prostitution and pledging to turn Lake Merritt into a private water park; and Don Grundmann, an East Bay chiropractor who has often demonized the LGBT community. Both have run for various offices on several occasions.
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Alameda County’s two other members of Congress will face a decidedly smaller field of challengers. Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee will face re-election for the twelfth time against Nikka Piterman, a Republican and software engineer.
In the Fremont and Silicon Valley 17th Congressional District, Rep. Ro Khanna will face Republican Ritesh Tandon. The Indo-American match-up could center on foreign policy. Tandon has been critical of Khanna’s stance toward Pakistan, including the congressman joining a House caucus on Pakistan. However, the entire field is not yet set. A complete list of candidates from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters is not yet finalized.