RSLC Releases Final Round of “18 in ’18: Races to Watch” List Highlighting Female, Diverse, & Gay Candidates

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RSLC Releases Final Round of “18 in ’18: Races to Watch” List Highlighting Female, Diverse, & Gay Candidates

90 Female and Diverse Republican Candidates Featured in 2018 Races to Watch

WASHINGTON (November 1, 2018) — The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) today released its fifth and final “18 in ’18: Races to Watch” list.  Comprised of the RSLC’s Future Majority Project (FMP) and Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) initiatives, these candidates are rising stars who will champion conservative policies while representing the full diversity of the nation.

“Republicans at the state level would not be reaching historical highs, without the growing diversity of our party.  Government needs individuals with a diversity of backgrounds, life experiences, and skills to address the great challenges we all face together, and these outstanding candidates embody the mission of the Future Majority Project (FMP) and Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) initiatives,” said Matt Walter, President of the Republican State Leadership Committee. “A majority of all of our ‘18 in ’18’ candidates are in the nation’s most competitive, purple districts that make majorities and have proven themselves vital in raising the resources necessary for us to achieve all of our historic victories,” Walter added.

With a history of supporting gay candidates already by the RSLC, this round of “Races to Watch” highlights gay candidates and incumbents in competitive races alongside female and minority candidates and incumbents as part of the RSLC’s diversity efforts. In total, the RSLC featured 90 down-ballot candidates with its five editions of the “Races to Watch” list who are changing the face of the Republican Party at the state level and are breaking barriers in state legislatures and statewide offices.

The RSLC’s FMP and RWRN initiatives both aim to identify, defend, recruit, and support new diverse and female candidates and officeholders at the state level. The RSLC has invested over $20 million in these initiatives since 2011, electing 500 new female and 100 new diverse office holders in the process.

The latest list of “18 in ’18 Races to Watch” can be found here:


  • Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy – Assembly District 44
  • Henry Nickel – Assembly District 40


  • John Scott – House District 40


  • Kurt Fevella – Senate District 19


  • Tonia Khouri – House District 49


  • Ann Meyer – House District 9


  • Secretary of State Connie Lawson – Secretary of State


  • Matthew Stone – Senate District 14


  • Patty Ewing – House of Delegates District 32


  • Representative Regina Barr – House District 52B


  • Representative Jean Evans – House District 99

New Hampshire

  • Senator Dan Innis – Senate District 24


  • Patty Pat Kozlowski – House District 177
  • Natalie Mihalek – House District 40


  • Justin Hwang – House District 49


  • Senator Sharon Brown – Senate District 8
  • Mario Lotmore – Senate District 21
  • Representative Michelle Caldier – House District 26

About the RSLC

The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect Republicans to multiple down-ballot, state-level offices. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates to the offices of lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state legislator, the judiciary and other down-ticket races. After Election Night 2017, state-level Republicans maintain 67 of 99 legislative chamber majorities in red, purple and blue states, hold 31 lieutenant governor seats, and control 31 secretaries of state offices. To learn more about the RSLC, please visit or follow @RSLC on Twitter.