Add former Fremont Police Chief Craig Steckler to the list of candidates ready to seek the 25th Assembly District seat.
“I’m not ready to retire,” he said, though the end of 2012 was the right time to end his 20-year tenure as Fremont’s top cop and “move on to the next phase of my life.”
So far that next phase has included serving as president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, an organization with 22,000 members in about 100 countries and a post that has had him globetrotting quite a bit this year. His IACP term ends next month.
Steckler described himself as a moderate Democrat who is “not a professional politician by any means” and harbors no aspiration of higher office beyond the Assembly, but believes he can “bring some skills to the job that are important.”
He said he’ll be running in large part on “his background in law and order,” and noted he doesn’t know of any other current Assembly members with law enforcement backgrounds. But he also spoke about the importance of education (he’s a strong supporter of Gov. Jerry Brown’s local-control funding formula enacted in this year’s budget), and of knowing the needs of small business (his wife has owned a Niles District antique store for 12 years) as well as the district’s information-services economy.
“I think the timing is right to step forward,” he said, then joked that he’s eager to avoid the decades-long household to-do list his wife has waiting for him and he’s “just not ready to be on the golf course three or four times a week.” As if he needs the practice:
Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, is raising funds to run for the 10th State Senate District seat in 2014, which will leave the 25th Assembly District seat up for grabs. Also in the race are San Jose City Councilman Kansen Chu, Ohlone College Board of Trustees member Teresa Cox, and Milpitas Councilman Armando Gomez, all Democrats.
The 25th Assembly District includes the southern reaches of Alameda County including Newark and part of Fremont, and a swath of Santa Clara County including Milptias, Santa Clara and part of San Jose. As of February, about 45.7 percent of its voters were Democrats, about 18.5 percent were Republicans, and about 30 percent registered with no party preference.