Craig Cheslog currently serves as the district director for California State Assemblymember Tom Torlakson, continuing in the same position he held during the last three years of Torlakson’s final term, due to term limits, in the State Senate.
Craig was promoted to district director in the Senate office after previously serving as a district representative and district coordinator. Among his responsibilities are managing the day-to-day operations of the Torlakson’s district offices, serving as the Torlakson’s primary liaison with local elected officials, developing communications strategies, representing Torlakson at meetings and events, and advising Torlakson on key issues important to his nearly 450,000 Assembly constituents.
Craig also currently serves as the political director of Torlakson’s campaign for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California’s top education post. In the June 2010 primary election, Torlakson qualified as one of the two finalists for the November 2 run-off election, as Torlakson seeks to become the first Contra Costa County native to win statewide office.
Prior to joining Torlakson’s staff, Craig served as a communications and government relations leader for nonprofit issue advocacy organizations, including Oakland’s Redefining Progress and the Washington, D.C.-based Concord Coalition.
In May 2008, Craig was elected the president of the over 900-member Lamorinda Democratic Club. He is also the president of the Alpha Delta Phi Society, a national coeducational literary and social Greek-letter society with chapters at colleges and in cities around the United States. Craig was also recently elected to the Planned Parenthood Shasta-Diablo Action Fund Board of Directors.
Craig graduated in 1993 from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, with a bachelor’s degree in government and legal studies, and a minor in education. He lives in Lafayette with his Contra Costa-native wife Kari Dahlen, and their two children, aged nine and six.