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Replay: Read Patch's Live Chat With Congressional Candidate Eric Swalwell

Join now to submit questions for Patch's interview with Swalwell, who is campaigning to represent the 15th Congressional District.

Join San Ramon Patch Editor Patrick Creaven now until 4 p.m. for a live online chat with , Dublin City Council member and candidate for the 15th Congressional District.

Swalwell will answer questions from Creaven on the campaign, his political philosophy and local and national issues. Readers will also have an opportunity to ask Swalwell questions.

On Monday, Patch will live chat an interview with congressional candidate Chris Pareja at 1 p.m.

Sandy Piderit May 11, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I won't be able to participate in the chat this afternoon because of a prior commitment. Could you please ask two questions for me? 1) What is Mr. Swalwell's position on No Child Left Behind and what changes does he think need to be made in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act? 2) How will he work with the local and county school boards to support high quality public schools in this congressional district? Thanks in advance.
Harry Sachs May 11, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Eric- Can you discuss how you will advocate for economic growth that works for the Tri-Valley? What ideas will you promote as our voice in Congress?
Patrick Creaven (Editor) May 11, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Tell us what you think of Swalwell's answers in his live chat with Patch.
Sandy Piderit May 12, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Thank you for asking my question! I am in general agreement with Eric about the NCLB law. I am not sure that providing more federal dollars will help to close the achievement gap, if they continue to come with so many strings attached. One of the benefits of living in such a large country is that school districts can inform themselves about research-based interventions that work, and then apply those that are most appropriate for their schools. The primary accountability mechanisms for ensuring that dollars spent have a significant impact should be at the state level. I do believe that more dollars are needed for special education to meet all the current federal mandates.
Frank Mockery May 16, 2012 at 05:59 PM
There are plenty of more talented & experienced Democrats waiting for Congressman Stark to retire before throwing their hats in the ring than upstart Eric Swalwell. Attacking an eighty year old man with forty years seniority in Congress is a good way to end a career in Democratic politics,not begin one & after this election Swalwell is toast.
Rich May 16, 2012 at 06:24 PM
So you think Stark should pick his successor? How handy. And now that I think about it, didn't Stark start his career attacking an 80 year old Democratic incumbent. Seemed to work out well enough for him.
Frank Mockery May 16, 2012 at 07:53 PM
No,but I think there are at least a dozen more qualified Democrats who've served in the California Senate or Assembly who are much more experienced & knowledgeable than a one term Dublin City Councilman ! We need to send a seasoned Democrat to represent us in Washington not a wet behind the ears political neophyte who hasn't demonstrated that he's prepared for America's largest political stage.
Californicus May 16, 2012 at 08:44 PM
If they think they're more qualified, they should have run. Leaders don't sit around and wait for the other guy.
Tim May 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM
FYI.... "Frank Mockery" is "Summer Hemphill" aka "Brash Brazen" aka "Bong Sativa".... yes, the same delusional left wing hack is at it again!
Bong Sativa May 17, 2012 at 07:00 AM
I can only speak for myself but I believe you're the one that's delusional. Your right-wing anti-tax agenda is routinely rejected by the majority of local voters (your neighbors) who elect Democrats to every conceivable office. As anyone who can count to ten can see your rhetoric & scathing attacks on liberals,unions & taxes has been repudiated by the electorate time & time again. Calling those who vehemently disagree with you names doesn't change the fact that your comments represent only a small yet angry minority of local voters. Thank goodness.
Ashley May 21, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Swalwell is a great candidate Mr. "Mockery". Unfortunately, you and "Bong Sativa" have to hide your real name in order to say anything you feel may be worthwhile. Typical cowardice. When you can actually, as your own person, stand behind what you have to say, than maybe people will take it with a little more credibility. It's like reading a childrens book of made-up characters & all I am reading is a cute little story... unfortunately it's not such a cute story considering the only thing you're doing is trying to attack an entire group of people (that's can be called generalizing, stereotyping, or segregation if that's easier for you to relate the two together - something I thought the left doesn't like?) & making a proclaimed assumption about them. Unlike you, I take the time to research candidates, laws, propositions, etc. and vote for what would be the best for people overall. Not what would be the best for people who want to mooch. Not what would be the best for people who want to take everything from everyone. But what is the sensible, most realistic idea of what should take place. You, obviously, are one of those people who just look down the line of boxes and the minute you see "democrat" next to it, you check it. Sure, I'm the angry minority that can't believe people as ignorant as you are still out there without a sense in the world and go out and vote "to make a difference". Hah.
Tim May 21, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Ashley, "Frank Mockery" is the same, delusional individual as "Bong Sativa". Other aliases include "Brash Brazen" and "Summer Hemphill".

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