Craig Steckler Officially Launches Assembly Campaign

A press release from the campaign office (more details below) of state assembly candidate, Craig Steckler:

Former Fremont Police Chief Craig Steckler officially launched his campaign for the State Assembly today, unveiling major endorsements from across the district and pledging to use his 30 years of experience in public leadership to provide strong representation in Sacramento.

Steckler, a Democrat, currently serves as the President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the world’s largest and oldest organization supporting police chiefs, and has a long history of community service. He is running in the 25th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Newark, Fremont, Milpitas, Santa Clara, and a portion of San Jose.

“I’m very grateful for the support my campaign has already received from the community, and I look forward to a conversation about the future of our diverse and vibrant district,” said Steckler. “The priorities of this community are my priorities – schools, innovation and technology, small business, public safety, and more cooperation between state and local government. I’m not a career politician, but I know how to listen, lead and get results.”

Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison, Alameda County Central Committee Member Cybil Smith, and retired Santa Clara Police Chief Steve Lodge will serve as campaign co-chairs. Other prominent endorsers include Alameda County Board of Education President Eileen McDonald, Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern and many other elected and community leaders listed here.

As the Chief of Police of Fremont for 21 years before retiring last year, Steckler earned a reputation as one of the most progressive and innovative leaders in California law enforcement. He implemented policies to integrate cutting edge-technology, promote and respect diversity, give the community a strong voice, and help local schools. He is a past president of the California Police Chiefs Association, where he worked directly with the legislature and law enforcement leaders across the state to improve public safety. In his current role as President of the IACP, which ends this October, Steckler helps promote best practices among 22,000 members in 100 countries.

His extensive community service work has included serving as president of Niles Rotary, as a 20 year board member of the SAVE domestic violence shelter in Fremont, and as a community college lecturer.

More information on Steckler and his candidacy are available at www.StecklerForAssembly.com.

Chris DeBenedetti


  1. Haven’t paid much attention lately. Who is Stecker running or projected to run against?

  2. Assembly member Bob Wieckowski will not be happy about this. Craig Steckler is very, very conservative, probably more so then a Republican. He managed to keep Joe’s Corner closed for years

  3. I thought the same thing, Bill. Funny that others see Steckler as pro-business (see below) – – which seems to fly in the face of the historical record – – While it’s only one morsel of that public record you can get some sense of Mr Steckler’s desire to promote local business (or not) from this one article – – –

  4. Great, Bob W. Seems to be turning into a ‘pander bear” lately but I’m keeping an open mind as I have seen him make some good decisions as well.

  5. So if the *demonize a developer* crowd hadn’t swiftboated professional baseball coming here the A’s would be opening next season in what is currently a field of weeds right here in Fremont …Viva Bacon!

  6. Craig Steckler’s Plan (Ordinance) to restrict nightclubs in Fremont. This has could scuttled proposed lounge or Night Clubs, Dance places,
    Has anyone noticed that there is zero night life in Fremont, well know you know why and who to thank……

  7. That’s a great point, Charlie.
    Steckler was seemingly willing to go along with a plan which would have unleashed 100’s of inebriated baseball fans onto the streets of his city, and, presumably figured he’d have the resources to deal with same . . . . . but was simultaneously opposed to a couple of additional liquor licenses being issued to local businessmen and women.
    How does one make any sense, whatsoever, out of those two disparate positions?
    Given the amount of violence we all know accompanies these things, and, now, so widely reported at stadium sponsored events in recent months, I could have respected Steckler’s position a bit more had he at least remained consistent in his objections to ANY facility that creates the prospect for alcohol-fueled conflict and damage on our streets.
    These are the very same kinds of problems he objected to when he took control of the city’s issuing of nightclub permits. In one case (a stadium plan) he remained silent – in the other case (local nightclubs) he objected and took control.

  8. So what’s wrong with 100’s of inebriated baseball fans spending their money in Fremont?

  9. As usual – off topic but, an interesting question, nonetheless.

    For starters, you might try posing it to the families of Kevin Hayes or Ronald Lee Homer Jr. and see what you learn.

  10. So what percentage of these inebriated fans than concern you so murder someone during the course of a baseball season? What does your research conclude? You probably have a better chance of being struck by lightning!

  11. I’ll give credit where credit is due, Charlie. That’s probably one of the smartest things you’ve said.
    Even a blind squirrel- – –

  12. Just as prohibition became a failure in North America and elsewhere Big Brother Bacon will in the end fail to generate the business he has already chased out of Fremont. Time for Anu to call Mark Davis!

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