This week, Democratic presidential candidate, Martin O'Malley will take a quick break from campaigning in Iowa to connect with San Francisco's civic-tech community. This will be O'Malley's first campaign stop in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In addition to fundraising, the former governor of Maryland will also participate in two events with Bay Area tech leaders. On Wednesday evening, August 19, O'Malley will host a reception at the Hall in San Francisco, which will also feature a start-up pitch contest for social entrepreneurs with cutting-edge ideas for transforming public service.
The following morning, O'Malley will headline a civic-tech panel at Brigade, a nonpartisan, civically minded tech startup. The panel will feature several social entrepreneurs working to improve public service through technology, and will be hosted by Brigade CEO, Matt Mahan.
The panel will focus on ways technology can be used to "improve the impact of government, elevate marginalized communities, and tackle our country's most pressing shared challenges." Notable panelists joining O'Malley include Carmen Rojas, CEO of the Worker Lab; Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code; Sid Espinosa, Director of Philanthropy and Civic Engagement for Microsoft; Sam Lessin, entrepreneur and former Vice-President of Product at Facebook; and Marci Harris, CEO of PopVox.
O'Malley has struggled to gain much traction in the national polls and currently finds himself polling in the single digits, far behind Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. However, the former Maryland governor has been stumping relentlessly across Iowa and discussing his 15 point plan in hopes of narrowing the gap. He may not have as much name recognition as some other candidates, but don't count him out. O'Malley's progressive track-record as governor of Maryland and his stance on many issues will surely begin to resonate with many voters who feel Clinton is too much of a centrist and others who are wary of Bernie Sanders.