Jay G. Craddock is a proud graduate of Columbia University, a proud father and grandfather, and a retired fire captain who values hard work, responsibility and accountability.
For Jay, politics have always been of strong interest. The Craddock family had friends discussing politics at the house almost every night for years. For sixteen years and eight elections his father proudly represented the people as both a United States Navy Veteran and a statesman, not to be confused with a politician. He had a vision of future.
Jay’s father is now 85 years old and suffers from dementia. His memory of most of his accomplishments has faded, but Jay knows he has big shoes to fill. His father believes public education and freedom of speech are the foundation of democracy. Those values played a tremendous role in shaping Jay’s leadership ideals.
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 went to college at Columbia University and soon became captain of the wrestling team there as well. That team became Ivy league champions. Jay was named “All Ivy” and appeared with his baby girl on the cover of the Columbia Alumni Magazine. He was voted by his classmates to be most worthy of special distinction and given the Charles M. Rolker Jr. Award.
Jay and his young family came back to Las Vegas to live and work. He and his younger brother decided to serve their communities in a new way. After watching their father save a drowning girl at a local water hole, they were inspired to join the fire department.
Tested in the streets of North Las Vegas, Jay stands for the people and, by risking his life, his actions have proven that. During his 50+ years as a Nevadan, Jay has been called into service as a leader many times. During his early years, the department struggled to keep the rigs running and staffed. He successfully fought for an advanced department emergency medical program. Jay’s colleagues chose him to serve as Vice-president of IAFF, local 1607, representing fire personnel in the City of North Las Vegas. Today Jay is retired, and with the support of his parents, four children, six grandchildren, and loving fiancé by his side, he is ready to take this next challenge in life.
Believing that America is ready for a Federal government that actually works, Jay is fired up and passionate about creating real, substantive change in the inner workings of government, not just making cosmetic changes. While he may have a position on issues shared by fellow Nevadan’s he finds himself in the unique position of answering the call to serve, representing the state of Nevada on a national level.