Former Fremont Police Chief Craig Steckler showed a surge of momentum today in his race for the State Assembly, revealing strong year-end fundraising totals and broad endorsements.
Steckler is running in the 25th Assembly District, covering Bay Area communities including Fremont, Newark, Milpitas, Santa Clara and portions of the city of San Jose. His year-end fundraising totals, filed today, show that he raised $110,000 despite having no previous experience raising money for office and only entering the race a short time before the fundraising deadline.
Today marks exactly two months since we started this campaign for the 25th seat, and, with your help, we've made great progress.
We’ve recently added to our list of key endorsements. California Treasurer Bill Lockyer, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, the California Police Chiefs Association, California Peace Officers Association and the Fremont Police Association have recently endorsed.
"Former Fremont police chief Craig Steckler formally announced his candidacy Thursday for the 25th Assembly District seat.
Steckler, 69, a Democrat, had said last month that he was gearing up for this. He announced Thursday that Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison, Alameda County Democratic Central Committee Member Cybil Smith and retired Santa Clara police chief Steve Lodge will co-chair his campaign, with other endorsers including Alameda County Board of Education President Eileen McDonald and Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern.
"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," Steckler said in a news release."
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.
Add former Fremont Police Chief Craig Steckler to the list of candidates ready to seek the 25th Assembly District seat.
Steckler, 69, a Democrat, said Thursday he has hired a campaign consultant, is gathering endorsements and is scoping out potential contributors. “It’s kind of in its infancy stages.”
“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.”
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