The Firefighter Voice

Nobody knows the issues affecting firefighters and their families more than someone who’s been on the front lines. 

Electing firefighters to public office, whether it be at the local, state or federal level, is a priority of California Professional Firefighters and its affiliated locals. It’s the best way to make sure elected leaders are responsive to the concerns of firefighters and public safety. 

Here’s a quick look at some of the active and retired firefighters seeking public office in 2018:  

Greg Batix

Board member, Moraga Orinda Fire District

Greg Batix is a firefighter with the East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and member of United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa Co., Local 1230. Batix is currently seeking a seat on the Moraga Orinda Fire District. 


Damon Covington

Board Member, Rodeo-Hercules Fire District

Damon Covington is a fire captain with Oakland Fire Department and member of Oakland-Alameda Co. Firefighters, Local 55. Covington is currently seeking a board seat on the Rodeo-Hercules Fire District.


Michael Donner

Board member, Moraga Orinda Fire District

Michael Donner is a retired firefighter with Oakland Fire Department and was a member of Oakland-Alameda Firefighters, Local 55. Donner is currently seeking a seat on the Moraga Orinda Fire District. 


Jeff Griffith

State Senate, District 38

Jeff Griffith is a second-generation firefighter, a fire captain and member of CalFire Local 2881. Griffith is currently seeking a state senate seat in California’s 38th district, representing a sizable portion of San Diego County, including the cities of El Cajon, Escondido and San Marcos. 


Jim Heinle

Supervisor, Kern County

Jeff Heinle is a fire captain with the Bakersfield Fire Department and member of Bakersfield City Firefighters, Local 246. Heinle is currently seeking the District 3 seat on the Kern County Board of Supervisors. 


Brian Oftedal

Board Member, East Contra Costa County Fire District 

Brian Oftedal is an active Oakland fire captain and a member of Oakland-Alameda Co. Firefighters Local 55. He is running unopposed for the East Contra Costa Co. Fire District, and is expected to become the board chair.


Cinthia Saylors

Board Member, Sacramento Metro Fire District

Cinthia Saylors is a retired firefighter with Sacramento Fire Department and was a member of Sacramento Area Firefighters, Local 522. Saylor is currently seeking the Division 1 seat on the Sacramento Metro Fire District Board.


Jim Steiner

Councilmember, City of Corona

Jim Steiner is a retired fire captain with the Corona Fire Department and past president of the Corona Firefighters Association, Local 3767. Steiner is currently seeking the District 4 seat on the Corona City Council. 


Nathan Sweet

School Board, Moorpark

Nathan Sweet is a firefighter with LA City Fire Department and a member of UFLAC, Local 112. Sweet is currently seeking re-election for school board in Moorpark.


Jim Zuniga

City Council, Woodland

Jim Zuniga is a retired firefighter with Woodland City Fire Department. Zuniga is currently seeking the District 1 council seat in Woodland.