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President Barack Obama Endorses Rep. Pete Stark for Congress

President Obama tells people in the 15th Congressional District that "we need (Stark's) wisdom, experience and his steady, 'get-things-done' style now more than ever.”

Less than three weeks from the June 5 primary, Rep. Pete Stark recieved the endorsement of President Barack Obama on Friday, according to Stark's campaign website.

Stark is facing fellow Democrat Eric Swalwell and conservative Chris Pareja for the open seat in the newly formed 15th Congressional District, which includes San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, Castro Valley, Livermore and Union City.

The 40-year veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives, Stark has consistently voted in favor of Obama's agenda during the president's first term. Stark voted yes on the Affordable Healtch Care for America Act and The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"Congressman Pete Stark is a tireless champion for all of the 15th’s working families,” said President Obama. “We’ve worked hard these last three years to bring meaningful, positive change to our nation – fighting for good jobs, good schools and a health care system that works for all of our citizens. We have made great strides, but there is much more to do. That is why we need his dedicated efforts back in Congress to continue the fight with me. I need you to cast your vote for Congressman Stark in the June 5th Democratic Congressional Primary.”

The President continued in a statement, saying, "We cannot have a return to failed policies of the past, Congressman Stark has worked closely with me on crucial programs and policies that have made a real difference not only in California, but across America. We need his wisdom, experience and his steady, 'get-things-done' style now more than ever.”

The endorsement comes as good news for Stark, who didn't receive the endorsement of the San Francisco Chronicle or the Bay Area News Group, with both media organizations endorsing Swalwell.

“I am honored to receive the President’s endorsement,” Stark said. “After a campaign focused on health care, working families and economic development, my first task back in Congress will be to work with the President and other members of Congress to get our economy back on the right track.”

The top two finishers in the June 5 primary, no matter the political party, will compete head-to-head for the open seat in the general election. To learn more about the other candidates, you can read a replay of a live Patch chat interview with and .

Stark has not yet accepted Patch's invitation for a live chat interview.

Mike May 21, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Chris Pareja has my vote. The two Dems are just more of the same old failed policies.
Ron May 21, 2012 at 06:06 PM
STARK is NOT a CHAMPION to the families in this district! OBAMA does NOT CARE about the MIDDLE CLASS (OBAMA does care for his rich buddies)! If they were concerned, we'd have jobs and a strong economy today! STARK is off track, and SWALWELL is on the same DETOUR! Spend, spend, spend, and spend some more! OBAMA does NOT have a Clue (just look at the last three years with NO federal budget)! OBAMA or Stark CANNOT get the economy back on track by spending more tax dollars they (you the taxpayer!) don't have! For any of you who manages your own household budget, please tell us how OBAMA and Stark (or Stark Jr.) is going to help the economy by spending more on bloated programs (with all the wasted money and fraud) that cost more than they are worth (like the Gov Brown's "high speed rail" to nowhere!) and that will continue to only wreck our economy? How does OBAMA/STARK/Stark Jr. spend money they don't have? Some voters let them. So STOP it, if you truly want a strong fiscal future!
Michael Allen May 21, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Yeah, sorry, O's endorsement just destroyed any chance of my voting for him...
CrunchTime May 25, 2012 at 05:11 AM
It is a well-known tradition that party leaders endorse incumbents, especially ones that vote consistently with the party for obvious reasons. It can be quite awkward if you don't and that incumbent wins re-election. For the reason the DNC has endorsed Stark fully aware of his character and residence. Obviously this has nothing to do with any party leader, including the POTUS, being "in-touch." All comments to the contrary are just shallow opportunism.
Kyle May 28, 2012 at 02:56 AM
It will be really funny to have Pete Stark as our congressman. He is such a charactor. I can't wait to read the endless insults he will be hurling at anyone who gets in his way. After all a politician insulting another politician is always funny. Because after all they are all working for the public good. Besides he is at the end of his career. So lets enjoy him while we have him.

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