Jim Frazier’s Call to Service

stephanie marie frazier hwyMy Story: The Day Our Lives Changed. On December 16, 2000, our two daughters were in a head-on collision due to black ice on Highway 50 on their way to Tahoe. Our oldest daughter, Stephanie, (20 years old) died in the accident and Lindsey was hospitalized in critical condition. We were grief-stricken – more so after learning there had been 143 accidents and many fatalities on that 2 mile stretch of High-way 50 where our daughter died. After much work, we succeeded in convincing Caltrans to widen the median and install a new pavement to prevent black ice. To date, there has not been one cross-over fatality. The stretch of Highway 50 where Stephanie died is now called the “Stephanie Marie Frazier Memorial Highway.”

A Tragedy Turned into a Call to Help Other Families

After learning of Stephanie’s death, we stood by Lindsey’s hospital bed as she clung to life. When Janet almost fainted after a day without eating, a caring nurse took out her own lunch and shared her sandwich with my wife. It was a random act of kindness we never forgot. In 2004, we formed a nonprofit organization which continues to provide packaged snacks and meals, in purple bags (Stephanie’s favorite color), to over 100,000 families of sick and injured children in 50 hospitals throughout Northern California.

Why I Ran for Office

This experience opened my eyes to what a difference a person can make in solving problems for people. After serving as Oakley Mayor and Councilmember, I was excited to do more for others and, in 2012, made the decisions to run for Assembly in the 11th District.