Assembly Candidate Pledges Salary to Charity, Uses Online Poll to Decide Where

AD25 candidate Craig Steckler

ASSEMBLY | 25TH DISTRICT | Former Fremont Police Chief Craig Steckler is offering voters a chance to help him decide which charity he will donate his entire Assembly salary, if he is elected to represent the East Bay’s 25th District.

Steckler, who is among five candidates to replace termed out Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, has already pledged his potential $90,000 salary to the non-profit, Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE).

An online poll on his campaign website hopes to pledge Steckler’s salary for the second year to four suggested charities. They include Adobe Services, Loaves and Fishes, Drivers for Survivors; Care, Advancement, Respect and Hope (CARH) or another charity of your choice. The poll is open through May 28, the campaign said Wednesday.

“I would donate my Assembly salary if elected, because I believe in public service. I’m running for Assembly to give back, not start a long career in politics,” said Steckler said in a statement. “I’m excited that the community gets a voice in this decision, and we hope it is the start of a longer term dialog about public service and the needs of our communities.” Steckler retired as Fremont’s police chief in 2013 after 21 years in command.

The online strategy is definitely novel, but Steckler will first have to advance past the June 3 primary. But, who will finish in the top two June primary in the 25th District is a toss-up with two weeks to go. Besides Steckler, other candidates include San Jose Councilmember Kansen Chu, Ohlone Community College District Trustee Teresa Cox, Milpitas Councilmember Armando Gomez and Bob Brunton, a former Ohlone Community College Trustee and the lone Republican in the race.

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