The Firefighter Voice


When it comes to the issues that matter to the men and women of the fire service, no one knows them better than firefighters themselves.

Adding the firefighter voice to elected bodies, whether it be at the local, state or federal level, has long been a priority of California Professional Firefighters and its affiliated locals. 

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


Joe Kerr, Supervisor, Orange County

Joe Kerr is a second-generation professional firefighter who served as a fire captain with the Orange County Fire Authority and Orange County Fire Department, as well as the past president of the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association, Local 3631. Kerr is currently seeking the 4th District seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. 


Michael Bennett, Mayor, City of Goleta

Bennett is a retired battalion chief with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and past president of Santa Barbara County Firefighters, Local 2046. Bennett is currently a member of the Goleta City Council and is currently running for the office of mayor.


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, which representing a sizable portion of San Diego County, including the cities of El Cajon, Escondido and San Marcos. 


Jeff 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.


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 3757. Steiner is currently seeking the District 4 seat on the Corona City Council.