Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, was joined by Republican nominee David Harmer and the American Independent Party’s David Christensen in a Tracy Press-sponsored forum that asked the candidates for the 11th Congressional District to share their vision for the country.
Those vision statements were sometimes interrupted by a crowd of partisan supporters, who came to the forum armed with signs, chants and scathing sarcasm. No major incidents or altercations were reported at the forum, though the crowd was admonished several times by the moderator.
The fervor pitch inside the Monte Vista Middle School multipurpose room matched the intensity of the Democratic and Republican campaigns, both of which see the 11th District as a key to which of the two major parties will control the House of Representatives for the next two years.
The 11th is evenly split between Democrats voters and Republicans, with each party claiming about 39 percent of the registered voters in the sprawling district. The GOP sees this race as a chance to pick up a seat from Democrats, one of 40 House seats they need to wrest from the party in power to seize control of Congress’ lower chamber.
For more on the three candidates, see Friday's print edition of the Tracy Press.