Meet Jay Craddock
If your house were on fire you’d want Jay G. Craddock at the forefront. A Las Vegas resident for 55 years, a retired fire captain, and proud father and grandfather, Jay is bringing awareness to his Nevada Senate District 21 campaign from community to community throughout the state of Nevada with the necessary purpose and passion our state deserves. He has walked 630 miles across the state to hear the direct concerns of the people of Nevada.
Jay always has been a leader. As the proud son of a Navy hard-hat diver, Jay has grown up with a profound respect for his country and those who serve. By 1977, Jay had been elected as Speaker of the House at Nevada Boy’s State, and was captain of both the high school varsity football and wrestling teams, as well as vice-president of the Senior Class. With the support of his family, he graduated from King’s College at Columbia University, NY.
After graduation, Jay and his young family came back to Las Vegas. He was a proud member of the Culinary Union Local 226, Carpenters Union, and even tried his hand as a gold miner up in Lake Topaz, NV.
When Jay started at the fire department he had three jobs to support his family. He truly understands the importance of getting a good education, labor having a voice, and quality health care.
Tested in the streets of North Las Vegas, Jay stands for the people. Jay has been called into service as a leader many times. During his early years as a firefighter, the department struggled to keep the rigs running and staffed. He successfully fought for a paramedic program in North Las Vegas. Jay’s colleagues chose him to serve as Vice-president of IAFF, local 1607, representing fire personnel in the City of North Las Vegas. Jay Craddock a proven leader.
Even as a young man Jay volunteered on campaigns that he felt passionate about. He walked many miles for Democratic campaigns- local, state, and presidential, as well as his own father’s campaigns for the Nevada State Assembly. Jay rarely misses an opportunity to stand up for what is correct when our state government is concerned. Jay has presented to the Nevada State Legislature on the Equal Rights Amendment, he testified in support of Article 5 of the Constitution, and the rights of the Indigenous Peoples of Nevada. He has been an activist for labor unions his entire life.
Believing that Nevada is ready for a state government that actually works, Jay is fired up and passionate about creating real, substantive change in the inner workings of the Nevada Senate not just making cosmetic changes.
For the past several years Jay has served on the Nevada Democratic Central Committee creating platforms, representing candidates, and serving as the governing body of the Nevada Democrats. He was integral to the Democratic Platform Committee helping to bring about the most progressive Democratic platform the party has had in 20 years.