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Craig Schley
Candidate for
U.S. House, New York, District 13
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNew York University
Date of birthSeptember 23, 1963
Place of birthPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Campaign website
Craig Schley (born September 23, 1963) is a Democratic Party candidate for the United States House of Representatives for New York's 13th congressional district. He announced his candidacy in Harlem on January 10, 2012. Schley seeks to represent the people of the 13th Congressional District, where he has resided and served in central Harlem for 22 years.


Schley was born in Philadelphia on September 23, 1963. He has lived in New York City since 1990. He 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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

Political career


Schley established a community-based organization in Harlem called Vote People for Change (VPC) in 2001, while simultaneously embarking on his political career as a canvasser for Freddy Ferrer, former Democratic Party nominee for mayor. In 2003 Schley served as an intern for U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel and later managed the housing and social security constituent queries. In 2005 Schley was hired as a political strategist for Felipe Luciano and worked as a political consultant and coordinator for field operations in Philadelphia for Councilwoman Verna Tyler. Schley was nominated by the Independence Party of America and simultaneously ran under the VPC in 2010 for New York's 15th District congressional seat. Schley received 7,803 votes.[2]

Schley interned with 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 and aided in family, criminal and civil cases.[1]


Campaign themes


According to his campaign website, Schley's platform includes the following tenets:[3]

  • Sustainable Job Creation
  • Support Low-Income Housing
  • Stabilize Neighborhood Businesses
  • Educate All Children
  • Reform Criminal & Family Courts



See also: New York's 13th congressional district elections, 2012

Schley ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New York's 13th District. He sought the nomination on the Democratic and the Republican ticket.[4] He was unopposed on the Republican primary and was defeated by incumbent Charlie Rangel in the Democratic primary on June 26th, 2012.[5] He will face Rangel in the November 6, 2012, general election.


June 14, 2012

On June 14, 2012, all five Democratic candidates met for a debate. Rangel and Espaillat traded some intense words, with Rangel questioning a petition drive for Espaillat that the state senator says he's not involved with. Espaillat parried by bringing up Rangel's own ethics issues. Williams urged the candidates to avoid personal attacks and focus on the issues. Schley commented that Rangel was "antiquated" and was past his political prime.[6]


On November 2, 2010, Schley lost New York's 15th District election to incumbent Charlie Rangel.[7]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 15 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCharles B. Rangel Incumbent 72.4% 91,225
     Blank/Scattering 10.8% 13,617
     Republican Michel J. Faulkner 9.3% 11,754
     Independence, Vote People Change Craig Schley 6.2% 7,803
     Socialist Worker Roger Calero 1.3% 1,647
Total Votes 126,046

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