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October 9, 2012 > Candidate Fortney Pete Stark (Democrat)

Candidate Fortney Pete Stark (Democrat)

For Congressional District 15

"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." - President Barack Obama.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It's been a privilege to represent the East Bay and to be a part of this very special corner of the world.

I'm running for re-election to complete important work with President Obama on health care affordability and quality, to improve our schools, to give every young person the best opportunity for success and to continue to fight on your behalf to protect Medicare and Social Security.

Tri-City neighborhoods are some of the most diverse and dynamic on the planet. We are fortunate to live in a community with so many cultures, cuisines and opportunities.

Whether it's my work with the late Steve Jobs and Apple Computer to help tech manufacturers put more computers in classrooms, my leadership for inclusion and against hate crimes or my efforts to reduce waste, fraud and abuse and direct funding to patient care, I've been proud to represent this community and everything for which we stand.

Sometimes it takes a fighter to win on the issues that create better futures for our kids and grandkids. I roll my sleeves up and get to work, fighting for our District every day.

When the NUMMI plant closed and threatened our local economy, I fought to bring millions of dollars in federal funding to re-train autoworkers for new careers and to the City of Fremont for economic development planning. During the recent recession, I helped bring billions of dollars in stimulus funds to our local streets, schools and public safety departments, as I helped bring BART to Fremont some years ago.

I am known for my work on the President's health care reform, of course, and the "Stark Laws," that protect patients and prevent Medicare fraud, as well as COBRA, which has helped millions of Americans keeps their insurance between jobs. I am a staunch defender of Social Security and the promise that all who pay in should benefit.

Today, I ask for your support. Changes in California election law and a new District make this a tough race but vitally important to the Tri-Cities' future.

I ask for your vote, your outreach to friends, family and neighbors and your support at

Can I count on your vote this November 6, 2012?

Be well,

Pete Stark

P.S. I'm proud to have the endorsements of Senator Ellen Corbett, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, Supervisor Richard Valle and Mayor Gus Morrison, as well as President Obama and Senator Feinstein - and I hope I have earned your vote.

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