“None of that is going to change until we get a leader who is willing to go big on the issues we take on, be bold in the solutions we offer, and do good in the way that we govern.”

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Eric Swalwell

U.S. Congressman representing California

WITHDRAWN: July 8, 2019

Eric Swalwell said tracking gun violence and fixing the student debt crisis are two of the issues that compel him to run. As a member of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, he has been a sharp critic of President Trump’s foreign and immigration policies.

Accomplishments: Swalwell entered politics while he was still in college, becoming College Park’s first City Council student liaison while attending the University of Maryland. He later served on the City Council in Dublin, California, before winning a seat in the U.S. Congress in 2012 representing Northern California. He won re-election in his district three times and has used his seat on the House Intelligence Committee to become a frequent cable-news guest talking about the investigation between allegations of links between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia.

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What sets him apart: Swalwell is known for his creative campaigning, which helped him win his long-shot House race in 2012. When his opponent, 40-year incumbent Pete Stark, refused to debate him, Swalwell organized a mock debate with an actor playing Stark. Swalwell has also become known for his extensive use of social media to connect with constituents, including using Periscope and Facebook Live to broadcast the House Democrats’ sit-in in 2016 to draw attention to gun violence. If elected, he would be the youngest person to win the presidency.

Platform: Swalwell has centered his campaign on gun control, hoping the focus of a single issue will differentiate him from his competitors. While in the House, he has also championed greater spending on education, reducing student debt, comprehensive immigration reform and LGBT equality.