Steve Crass

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Steve Crass
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 16
High schoolMerced High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of California
J.D.University of San Diego, School of Law
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Place of birthMerced, California
Campaign website
Steve Crass was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 16th Congressional District of California.[1]


Crass earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California system and a J.D. from the University of San Diego, School of Law. Prior to his six years of service as an officer in the U.S. Navy, he took a job as Deputy District Attorney for Merced County. Crass returned to work as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California after leaving the Navy. He is currently an employment law attorney representing employers.[2]


Campaign themes


Crass' campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Education: "My wife and I, like all Americans, are extremely concerned about the education of our children. The federal education system, as presently constructed, needs reform. Taxpayers send billions of dollars every year to Washington D.C. and the Department of Education only to have a percentage of that same money sent back to the states through various funding programs."
  • Economy: "The Central Valley faces some of the highest unemployment rates in the country. This fact belies the hardworking Valley residents that want to work and the entrepreneurial and business acumen that resides in the San Joaquin Valley. Unfortunately, there are some in Washington D.C. that are committed to policies, laws and regulations that place burdens on businesses that restrict our economic engine from reaching its full potential."
  • Immigration Reform: "The nation finally recognizes what the Valley has known for some time - our immigration policy is broken and must be overhauled. Our immigration policy is fundamental to the republic. It impacts our national security and crime on the one hand and our economic growth and prosperity on the other."
  • Water: "Water is the lifeblood of the Central Valley. For those of us that have grown up in the region, we understand that there will be dry years. Thus, we need to be prepared for those dry years and not wait until a drought occurs before we address the issue. The consequences of not acting are being felt today as our local economy faces massive challenges that can be directly traced to the lack of water."


—Steve Crass' campaign website, (dead link)



See also: California's 16th Congressional District elections, 2014

Crass ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 16th District. Crass was defeated in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[5]

U.S. House, California District 16 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Costa Incumbent 44.3% 25,586
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohnny Tacherra 21.7% 12,542
     Republican Steve Crass 15.4% 8,877
     Republican Mel Levey 7.9% 4,565
     Republican Joanna Garcia-Botelho 6.6% 3,827
     Democratic Job Melton 4.1% 2,370
Total Votes 57,767
Source: California Secretary of State

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Crass' reports.

Steve Crass (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[6]April 15, 2014$0$109,570$(36,169)$73,400
Pre-Primary[7]May 22, 2014$73,400$26,707$(37,985)$62,121
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