WASHINGTON – The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) today announced July spotlight candidates in its “2020 Candidate Spotlight” series – a monthly program dedicated entirely to highlighting strong Republican candidates up-and-down the ballot and from every corner of the country. With this all-important election cycle on the line, the RSLC is proud to support candidates like these fighting to defend conservative values in the states. Republicans are continuing to lay the groundwork for a strong and united Party for years to come.
“The strength of the Republican Party can be found in the diverse candidates that carry our conservative policies to bring about greater opportunity for every American to voters in all corners of the country,” said RSLC President Austin Chambers. “The RSLC is committed to supporting candidates like these with the resources they need to defeat their liberal opponents, who are now actively fighting for a lawless society of despair. We have to do everything we can to win – and outstanding candidates like these help to make it happen. We’re proud to fight alongside them and look forward to each of their victories this fall.”
The RSLC helps candidates position themselves to win through avenues that can include direct contributions, data analysis, fundraising support, independent expenditures, opposition and policy research, training, message amplification, and more.
Earlier this morning, the RSLC announced it smashed its previous second-quarter fundraising record with a $10.5 million fundraising haul, strengthening the committee’s capabilities to deliver meaningful support to state Republican campaigns.
July Candidate Spotlights
Eddie Andrews – Iowa House District 39 – @eddieandrews
Andrews is a multicultural and bilingual pastor who doubles as tech entrepreneur and app developer. He founded #mentoromics to mentor young men, teach free coding and entrepreneurship classes, and promote STEM. Andrews is passionate about finding mental health solutions, providing innovative education for students who learn differently, vocational opportunities, protection of life, tax reform, strengthening families, criminal justice reform, and entrepreneurial job growth.
Jay Ashcroft – Missouri Secretary of State – @JayAshcroftMO
Ashcroft is a lawyer who specializes in helping businesses comply with the impact of government regulations. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri at Rolla (Missouri University of Science and Technology), he graduated from the St. Louis University Law School. Ashcroft enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and three sons.
Kevin Avard – New Hampshire Senate District 12 – @SaxSinger63
Avard is a small business owner who prioritizes protecting privacy rights, reducing government spending, and cutting taxes. His business specializes in cleaning and sanitizing homes and businesses, which has been working around the clock to keep workplaces safe for essential employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Avard is a strong proponent of smaller government, less restriction on small businesses, and Right to Work legislation in New Hampshire.
Brooke Boden – Iowa House District 26
Boden is a community leader in Warren County and has lived there her whole life. She is a small business owner, licensed insurance agent, and certified repairman of hot air balloons. As a wife and mother of three, she prioritizes enhancing Iowa’s health care, improving the education system, and growing the economy. She is “committed to bringing common sense, honesty, and a strong work ethic back to state government for the people of Warren County.”
Sen. Kate Brophy-McGee – Arizona Senate Legislative District 28 – @KateMcGeeAZ
Senator Brophy-McGee is a former state representative who worked as a community banker. She is a third-generation Arizonian, a wife, and a mother. Her priorities include expanding education funding, protecting our most vulnerable, improving public health and safety, and growing Arizona’s economy.
Linda Chaney – Florida House District 69
Chaney was widowed after her husband died of brain cancer, leaving her as a single mother to a 2-year-old. She is a former St. Pete Beach City commissioner and the co-founder of a mobile mammography business that is now owned by Advent Health. In addition to her business ventures, she worked with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to connect private companies and faith-based organizations to women struggling with prostitution or drug addiction.
Zach Duckworth – Minnesota Senate District 58 – @ZachDuckworth
Duckworth takes pride in bettering his community. He is a veteran, volunteer firefighter, business owner, and Lakeville school board member. He is focused on protecting individual rights. He is a husband and a father. He says he will “never stop working hard on behalf of Minnesota families who continue to work harder and harder yet still struggle to get ahead.”
Karen Houck – Pennsylvania House District 152
Karen Houck is a passionate community volunteer, as it is evident by her work as an Upper Moreland school library volunteer, trustee, Board President at the Upper Moreland Free Public Library, Willow Grove Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Willow Grove 300 Tri-Centennial Steering Committee, Willow Grove YMCA Capital Campaign, Upper Moreland Educational association, and currently resides as Chair of the Upper Moreland Revitalization Task Force. As a businesswoman, she prioritizes economic development, job creation, improving infrastructure, and quality education.
Lacey Hull – Texas House District 138 – @LaceyHullTX
Lacey Hull is a wife, mother, small business owner, and Homeowners Association President. She is the co-founder of We the Parents – a group that defends families from government intrusion, and has over fifteen hundred members from all over Texas.
David Jenkins – Georgia House District 132
David Jenkins currently serves as an air ambulance helicopter pilot for Coweta, Meriwether, and Troup counties. Additionally, he is a farmer and owner of Jenkins Farms in Grantville. Jenkins is a U.S. Army veteran of 21 years, where he served multiple deployments and retired as a captain and pilot for the 101st Airborne Division. He was deployed as a helicopter pilot to Kuwait during the invasion of Iraq in 2000. Jenkins is also a former Clayton County policeman and former Georgia Forestry Commission wildland firefighter.
Sen. Tom Killion – Pennsylvania Senate District 9 – @SenKillion
Senator Tom Killion is Chair of the Pennsylvania Senate Committee on Community, Economic & Recreational Development. Over his 13 years as a state representative, he prioritized protecting taxpayers, promoting economic development, preserving open space, protecting the environment, and finding common-sense solutions to challenges facing his community, region, and state. He is a highly awarded businessman, community volunteer, and leader. Senator Killion is a husband, father, and grandfather.
Rep. Laura Lanese – Ohio House District 23 – @LauraLaneseOhio
Representative Laura Lanese is the Assistant Majority Whip for the Ohio House and serves on Armed Services & Veterans Affairs, Civil Justice, Financial Institutions, and Rules and Reference Committees. She is an author, lawyer, historian, former Grove City Council member, and community volunteer. She is also a wife and mother.
Sen. J.D. Mesnard – Arizona Senate Legislative District 17– @JDMesnard
Senator J.D. Mesnard is a former House Speaker of Arizona and a small business owner. As a professor of political science at Mesa Community College, he is focused on improving the education system. He helped establish Voices of the World, a non-profit Christian charity whose mission includes providing humanitarian aid to the poor and destitute of the world. He is a father and is married to a registered nurse.
Rep. Morgan Meyer – Texas House District 108 – @MorganMeyerTX
Representative Morgan Meyer is a vocal leader for education, school finance, and fiscal responsibility. Texas Access to Justice Foundation has named him a “legislative hero” for his commitment to fighting for access to justice. He is the go-to leader for laws that protect children against human trafficking and sex crimes. As a husband and father, he is dedicated to keeping Texas’s children safe.
Patty Mueller – Minnesota House District 27B – @MuellerforMN
Patty Mueller is a community volunteer and teacher at Austin High School where she has been developing young minds at various levels for 15 years. As a teacher, she feels compelled to “stand up and make a difference – to restore common sense and civil discourse in our state government.”
Dr. Olivia Oxendine – North Carolina House District 47
Dr. Olivia Oxendine is a University of North Carolina-Pembroke professor and State Board of Education member who is a tireless fighter for North Carolina’s education system. She is focused on improving education outcomes for the most vulnerable students. She has passed on her Lumbee Tribe heritage to her children and grandchildren.
Mark Robinson – Lt. Governor North Carolina – @MarkRobinsonNC
Mark Robinson is a true American patriot who served in the Army Reserves as a medical specialist. Despite a difficult childhood, he is a true self-made small business owner. He is focused on fighting for the life of the unborn, ending indoctrination in schools, defending the 2nd Amendment, improving veteran care, and standing up for our law enforcement.
Rep. Bonnie Rich – Georgia House District 97 – @BonnieRichforGA
Representative Bonnie Rich is an attorney who teaches law students valuable skills in litigation, client counseling, and ethics responsibility. As a lifelong conservative, she is a strong believer in smaller government, the Fair Tax, and the pro-life movement. She is a wife and mother.
Rep. Ana Maria Rodriguez – Florida Senate District 39 – @RepAnaMaria
Representative Ana Maria Rodriguez is a Cuban-American who is committed to stopping the spread of socialism in America. She is a former Doral City Council member, Vice President of the Miami Association of Realtors, a community volunteer, and leader for multiple community and philanthropic organizations. She is a wife and mother.
Rep. Jessie Rodriguez – Wisconsin Assembly District 21 – @JessforAssembly
Representative Jessie Rodriguez was born in El Salvador and came to the United States in 1984 in the midst of a civil war. She is an outreach coordinator for Hispanics for School Choice. She prioritizes investing in quality education, strengthening our workforce, making health care affordable, and keeping families safe. She is also a dedicated wife and mother.
Rep. Steve Ross – North Carolina House District 63 – @RossforNCHouse
Rep. Steve Ross is a conservative businessman who is focused on protecting values and putting students first. He is senior chairman of the House Commerce and Job Development Committee and Chairman of the House Finance Committee. He is also a former councilman and mayor, and former member of the Old North State Council‘s Executive Committee. He is a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather.
Mark Walker – Maine Senate District 14
Mark Walker has served as Hallowell’s mayor since 2014 and has also served as city councilman. He is an attorney, community volunteer, cofounder and treasurer of Ian Park Foundation – a resource for local musicians. He is dedicated to his community, public service, and is a well-known local figure who will make an excellent legislator.
Candidates in this series will be spotlighted through earned media campaigns and on Facebook and Twitter.