Rep. Eric Swalwell posing with Parker volunteers
at a Pleasanton farmers' market earlier this month.
East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell is again bucking the local party machine. He has endorsed former Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker over incumbent Nate Miley in the June Alameda County Board of Supervisors race.
The endorsement could be a game-changer because of Parker’s significant fundraising prowess and because his campaign has been focusing on engaging voters in the District 4 areas of Pleasanton and Castro Valley—places where Swalwell, the two-term congressman, is extremely popular.
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In a statement Wednesday, Swalwell praised Parker’s candidacy for its potential to bring change to the board of supes. “I’m supporting Bryan Parker because he will bring new energy and ideas to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors,” said Swalwell. “Bryan is a collaborator who knows how to bring people together to get things done. Bryan’s leadership will help create more local jobs, grow small businesses, and protect our local environment.”
Four years ago, Swalwell, like Parker this election cycle, challenged the Democratic machine and defeated 40-year incumbent Pete Stark on a pledge to bring new energy to Congress. That Swalwell is using nearly the same language to describe Parker’s bid to unseat Miley, a 15-year incumbent himself, is not surprising, because they share the same playbook. Parker’s Walnut Creek-based political consultant Lisa Tucker worked on Swalwell’s 2012 campaign. [CONTINUE AT OAKLAND MAGAZINE]