Craig Schley (born September 23, 1963) is a Democratic Party candidate for the United States House of Representatives for New York's 15th congressional district. He announced his candidacy in Harlem on January 10, 2012. As a Political Strategist, Radio Commentator on current political and legal affairs, Block Association President, spokesperson for the Law Library and the official Liaison for the Veterans Action Group (VAG) in Harlem, New York, Schley is the founder and Executive Director of VOTE People, the first human rights organization in Harlem. He is a member of the Democratic Party and ran under the Independent Party of America and Voices of The Everyday People for Change party’s (VPFC) in 2010. He first ran for the 15th Congressional seat in 2008 under VPFC, the political action committee he founded earlier that year.
Craig Schley was born in Philadelphia on September 23, 1963. He resides in New York City since 1990. Schley holds a B.A. in Political Science from New York University. Schley was a Wilhelmina Model in New York, fireman and electrician in the Atlanta area.
Schley’s drive and passion for public service inspired him to establish the community based organization in Harlem called Vote People for Change (VPC) in 2001, while simultaneously embarking on his political career as a canvasser for former The Bronx (Borough) President and Democratic Party nominee for Mayor Freddy Ferrer. In 2003 Schley served as an intern for longtime congressional incumbent of the 15th District Charles Rangel and would later be tasked with managing the housing and social security constituent queries. In 2005 Schley was hired as a political strategist for Felipe Luciano’s in his bid for office and worked as a political consultant and coordinator for field operations in the 17th Ward in Philadelphia for City Council woman Verna Tyler. Schley was nominated by the Independence Party of American and simultaneously ran under the VPC in 2010 for the 15th District Congressional Seat. For a newcomer Schley captured almost 8,000 votes.
Schley’s work has within the legal sector began as an intern for the New York Commission on Human Rights in 2000 where he assisted Deputy Chief of Law Bureau to interpret and investigate allegations of discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. From 2003 to 2007 Schley worked as Legal assistant for the New York State Supreme Court Judge where he aided in many cases: family, criminal and civil.
Platform Issues in 2012 Congressional Elections
Sustainable Job Creation: by using new technologies, investing in infrastructure, small businesses, and the arts and human resources to create jobs beyond the time-span of a construction site.
Support Low-Income Housing: by securing funding for housing to support our senior citizens, veterans, residents and especially those who have special needs for secure and stable rent.
Stabilize Neighborhood Businesses: by providing funding to mom-and-pop stores, non-profits, and neighborhood pre-K centers that develop our children's intellectual and cultural well-being.
Educate All Children: by (1) supporting and fixing public education, (2) expanding the facilities to accommodate population growth, and (3) diversifying education letting charter schools grow organically
Reform Criminal & Family Courts: by passing local and national legislation for fair sentencing, ending abusive police practices, and securing that our children, from birth, have equal access to both parents.