California’s 15th District race featured young newcomer and Democrat EricSwalwell challenging the 39-year incumbent Democrat Pete Stark. It didn’t look too good for Swalwell – and even the Democratic party endorsed his rival – but last night Stark was unseated by his challenger.
For the past 39 years, the California’s 15th Congressional District has been represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by 81-year-old Pete Stark. He has gone mostly unchallenged until this year.
Eric Swalwell – a member of the Dublin City council – is running against Stark. Swalwell is quite a contrast: he's 31 years old, a soccer coach and a prosecutor. He’s also a democrat, which makes this race Dem v. Dem. This is the first time that two candidates from the same party can run for the same seat, a reform made possible by voters in 2010.