'California Trailblazers' Promotes 5 Candidates to 'Pathfinder' Status
Republican candidates meet rigorous campaign goals working toward November victories
SACRAMENTO, Calif.- California Trailblazers, the only program designed to identify, recruit and train the next generation of Republican leaders, today announced that five Republican state Assembly and Senate candidates reached 'Pathfinder' status. Candidates earned this distinction, which is the first level in the program's three tier structure, after exceeding benchmarks designed to strengthen their campaign operations, which will be critical to success in the November general election.
"California Trailblazers is changing and improving the way Republican candidates develop and execute campaigns across the state," said Jeff Randle, Chairman of California Trailblazers. "Trailblazers leadership provides extensive training and instruction during the election cycle to ensure Republicans running for state Assembly and Senate offices are well positioned and equipped to execute and run winning campaigns."
To achieve 'Pathfinder' status, these five candidates worked hard to raise more than $100,000 in campaign contributions, identify local volunteers and precinct captains and create and maintain a significant online presence through active social media engagement and dynamic websites.
Mayor Mario Guerra (SD-32) - Mayor Mario Guerra is committed to providing pathways for businesses to grow and thrive to promote economic vitality to create strong communities. In addition to serving as mayor for the City of Downey, Guerra is founder of the Diakonia Foundation, which provides scholarships to local high school students in recognition of service to the community. Guerra is also an active Rotarian and serves several other organizations including the local YMCA and little league.
- Supervisor Jeff Stone (SD-28) - County Supervisor Stone is a longtime local leader and pharmacist in the 28th state Senate District. Stone represents the 3rd district on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and has served three terms as a Temecula city councilmember. Stone is committed to individual liberty, tough on crime laws, limited government and economic development.
- Councilman Marc Steinorth (AD-40) - Councilman Steinorth has served as a Rancho Cucamonga councilmember since 2012 and currently serves as the vice chairman of the League of California Cities Inland Region Legislative Task Force. Steinorth is a successful entrepreneur who founded Atlas Buying Group Inc., which provides professional services to local business and corporation's nationwide to grow and create jobs.
- Rob McCoy (AD-44) - Businessman and senior pastor of Godspeak Calvary Chapel, McCoy is committed to creating jobs, protecting Proposition 13, cutting wasteful spending and strengthening the greater Ventura County community. McCoy has served as a chaplain in the Ventura County Sheriff's Department and currently serves as headmaster of Little Oaks School in Thousand Oaks.
- Pedro Rios (AD-32) - Rios, former two-term Delano city councilman, business owner, veteran of the United States National Guard and dedicated educator, is a longtime resident of Assembly District 32. Previously a Delano city councilmember, Rios served as mayor, vice mayor and councilman. Rios is currently an active member of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, the Delano Chamber of Commerce and Great Valley Center.
The three-tier structure encourages candidates to advance through the levels of 'Pathfinder,' 'Rising Star' and 'Trailblazer' by providing tools and resources for candidates to develop successful campaigns.
"California Trailblazers is filling an important role by giving candidates resources and training to develop viable campaigns and build momentum moving into the November election," Trailblazers CEO Jessica Patterson said.
Working toward the goal for victory in legislative races across the state in November, California Trailblazers leadership will continue to support Republican candidates by offering practical training opportunities and policy, communications and fundraising resources to ensure Republican candidates for state Assembly and Senate are equipped to win and lead in Sacramento.
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California Trailblazers aims to recruit and train Republican candidates who reflect California's diverse population. The program is modeled after the National Republican Congressional Committee's successful Young Guns program. For more information, please visitwww.catrailblazers.com Follow @CaTrailblazers.