|U.S. House, New York, District 13|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Bachelor's||New York University|
|Date of birth||September 23, 1963|
|Place of birth||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to his campaign website, Schley's platform included the following tenets:
- Sustainable Job Creation
- Support Low-Income Housing
- Stabilize Neighborhood Businesses
- Educate All Children
- Reform Criminal & Family Courts
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 tickets. He was unopposed on the Republican primary and was defeated by incumbent Charlie Rangel in the Democratic primary on June 26th, 2012. He faced Rangel in the November 6, 2012, general election. Schley lost to Rangel in the 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.
- CNN "New York Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- Craig Schley campaign website "Bio," Accessed June 18, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Federal Election 2010," Accessed February 19, 2012
- Craig Schley campaign website "Platform 2012," Accessed February 19, 2012
- Politicker "Rangel Rivals Survive Ballot Challenges; Mixed Bag for NY-6 Also-Rans," May 1, 2012
- [hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/NY_US_House_0626.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS AP "2012 primary results"]
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- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
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