Republican State Leadership Committee Releases First List of Races to Watch in 2018

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Republican State Leadership Committee Releases First List of Races to Watch in 2018

Featuring state level candidates and legislators from 16 states spanning the country

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 2, 2018) – The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) today debuted its first “18 in ’18: Races to Watch.” Comprised of the RSLC’s Future Majority Project (FMP) and Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) candidates who are running for state-level offices around the country this year, these candidates are rising stars who will champion conservative policies while representing the full diversity of the nation. The RSLC’s FMP and RWRN initiatives both aim to identify, recruit, and support new diverse and women candidates at the state level.

The “18 in ’18” list includes new and targeted candidates on the ballot this November for the first time, as well as, Republican elected officials who have already achieved electoral success and are in competitive re-election bids.

The comprehensive list of candidates and their biographies can be found here.

RSLC’s 18 in ’18 Races to Watch list


  • Marilyn Stewart – Alaska House District 21


  • Bill Essayli – California Assembly District 60
  • Senator Janet Nguyen – California Senate District 34


  • Senator Beth Martinez Humenik – Colorado Senate District 24


  • Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy – Idaho House District 5B


  • Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti – Illinois Lieutenant Governor


  • Rep. Meagan Hanson – Georgia House District 80


  • Amy Volk – Maine Senate District 30


  • Mary Beth Carozza – Maryland Senate District 38


  • Sarah Mills – Missouri House District 18


  • Brenda Boatman – New Mexico House District 23


  • Valerie Weber – Nevada Senate District 8


  • Senator Tamara Barringer – North Carolina Senate District 17


  • Lori Chavez-DeRemer – Oregon House District 51
  • Jessica Gomez – Oregon Senate District 3


  • Amber Little-Turner – Pennsylvania House District 74


  • Maia Espinoza – Washington House District 28


  • Caleb Hanna – West Virginia House of Delegates District 44

“Since 2011, the FMP and RWRN initiatives have proved tremendously successful in building up the next generation of Republican state leaders. Together, these programs have helped to elect over 100 new candidates from diverse backgrounds and over 500 new women to state level offices. The first round of candidates identified on our “18 in ’18: Races to Watch” list embody the future leaders we will wholeheartedly support through the FMP and RWRN initiatives. We have had enormous success with candidates we have already elected to office this year and we look forward to the success of the remainder of these candidates come November,” said Matt Walter, President of the Republican State Leadership Committee.

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 30 secretaries of state offices. To learn more about the RSLC, please visit or follow @RSLC on Twitter.