WASHINGTON – The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) today announced October 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. As we approach November, the RSLC is proud to support candidates who are 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.
“While Democrats are out condoning lawlessness and chaos in the streets, state Republicans are showing their communities what it means to be real leaders,” said Kamilah Prince, Director of Recruitment and Training. “The candidates spotlighted throughout this series have the experience and fortitude needed to keep our country moving forward. No amount of money from the far-left can top the integrity and quality of our candidates, and we are proud to see these leaders over the finish line in November.”
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.
Senator Deidre Henderson – Utah Lieutenant Governor – @DeidreHenderson
Deidre started in public service as a state senator in 2013, where she advocated government transparency, conservative tax policy, and removing barriers for small businesses in Utah. This year, the Libertas Institute awarded her the highest score in the Senate and recognized her as one of their Defenders of Liberty. Senator Henderson is running for lieutenant governor with Spencer Cox and is focused on the health, well-being, and economic recovery of Utah.
Scott Milne – Vermont Lieutenant Governor – @MilneForVT
Raised on a sheep farm, Milne is a businessman and president of Milne Travel, a family-owned travel company founded by his mother, Marion. Both of his parents served in the Vermont House of Representatives and were long involved with their community. Like millions of Americans, Scott’s business has been deeply impacted by COVID-19, and he stands ready to partner with Governor Phil Scott to make sure Vermonters move forward through the pandemic and experience the great economic recovery.
Jacob Campbell – Nebraska Senate District 29
Jacob is a veteran, child abuse investigator, and small business owner. He is focused on family, supporting law enforcement, prioritizing education, and small business success for Huskers. Jason is committed to cutting health care costs, investing in quality education for children, and fair taxes.
Demi Busatta Cabrera – Florida House District 114 – @ElectDemi
Demi is Director of Development for ADE, a nonprofit for adults with disabilities and a Florida State University graduate. She is committed to ensuring the safety of our loved ones by supporting our law enforcement officers and all first responders. She will fight to protect your tax dollars, by fighting against misspending and standing up to initiatives that would result in higher taxes. Cabrera places importance on preserving and protecting our community’s most precious natural resources and environment, which need to be protected for our children and future generations. As a state representative she will support additional funding for education, including raises for our teachers.
Dave Catalfamo – New York Assembly District 113 – @DaveForNY113
Catalfamo is a lifelong resident of Upstate New York who is running to rebuild New York’s economy, restore balance, and be a powerful, effective voice for Saratoga and Washington Counties. He is a small business owner, a member of the Wilton Planning Board, and served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Catalfamo was a member of Governor Pataki’s Administration, is the Senior Vice President of the Empire State Development Corporation, and was awarded the “Economic Developer of the Year” award.
Representative Al Cutrona – Ohio House District 59 – @AlCutrona
Representative Cutrona was raised in Mahoning County and is a community volunteer, and graduate of Youngstown State University. He is the COO of Northeast Ohio Infectious Disease Association, and a practicing attorney who got his JD from Case Western Reserve University. Cutrona is passionate about restoring the American Dream and has a proven track record to back this up. He is focused on rebuilding the economy by investing in the people, protecting local jobs, and bringing new jobs. He fights for fair funding, and local control of education, and supports job training. Al is a proponent of making health care more affordable and transparent. He is fighting for local funding in order to repair and restore roads, implement detention, and retention ponds throughout flooding problem areas.
Senator John DiSanto – Pennsylvania Senate District 15 – @VoteJohnDiSanto
Senator John DiSanto was born and raised in Harrisburg. He is civically involved in his community where he is a successful businessman. As a senator, John has stood up to out of control spending, fought for property tax elimination, opposed excessive regulations, and voted to put more education money into our classrooms instead of bureaucracy. He successfully fought for historic pension reforms.
Representative Willie Dove – Kansas Senate District 3 – @doveforkansas
Representative Willie Dove is a business owner, U.S. Army Veteran, husband, father, and grandfather. He is focused on bringing people together, and getting things done. Dove supports law enforcement and ensuring officers are well-trained, well-equipped, and well-rounded. He believes that businesses are the backbone of the nation’s economy – and we must create an environment to allow these companies to operate and flourish. Dove values Kansas’ future. He supports making mental health and counseling resources a priority in education and funding, and increasing the number of counselors for mental health care within our schools.
Senator Trent Garner – Arkansas Senate District 27 – @Garner4Senate
Senator Garner is a sixth generation Arkansan, devoted husband, and father. As a freshman senator, he is delivering results to the people of Arkansas. He has ensured that every student has access to high speed broadband, and secured vital protective equipment money for small businesses. Gerner is a decorated veteran and former Green Beret special forces soldier who will continue fighting for his fellow Arkansans.
Representative Haraz Ghanbari – Ohio House District 3 – @HarazGhanbari
Representative Ghanbari is an Army and Navy veteran who has nearly two decades of service with multiple deployments. He continues his service as a Lieutenant Command in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and previously worked in higher education as the Director of Military and Veteran Affairs. In 2018, he was the youngest person to ever be inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. Ghanbari is active in the community Eagle Scout, Commander of the American Legion Post 28 in Perrysburg, a member of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Military Officer Association of America. He is the son of an immigrant from Iran, a proud husband, and a father of two.
Representative Samara Heavrin – Kentucky House District 18
Representative Heavrin’s victory in 2019 made her the youngest female to serve in the Kentucky General Assembly. She oversees the STABLE Kentucky program for financial literacy and transparency initiatives. She also serves on Transportation, Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs, Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection, and the Budget Review Subcommittee for Transportation. She took the initiative to start Politics and Pancakes, a monthly breakfast that invites young Republicans to hear from elected officials at the local and state level of government.
Representative Erin Hennessey – New Hampshire Senate District 1 – @RepHennessey
Representative Hennessey has worked hard to bring money back to New Hampshire towns and schools to help reduce the tax burden for all her North Country neighbors. As a state representative she has fought against increased income taxes, increased sales taxes, and voted to reduce business taxes. She has a record of protecting Second Amendment rights and worked to get funding for much needed infrastructure projects and healthcare programs.
Representative Chip LaMarca – Florida House District 93 – @ChipLaMarca
Representative LaMarca is a lifelong resident of Broward County. He is a business owner and former Broward County Commissioner. He is known for being a citizens advocate and voice for the taxpayers, veterans, first responders, and animals. He serves on the Broward County Fire Rescue Council and Regional Emergency Medical Services Council. Representative LaMarca is also the spokesman for “Thank You First Responders,” a nonprofit dedicated to creating awareness and appreciation for first responders.
Mike Lawler – New York Assembly District 97 – @lawler4ny
Lawler is a lifelong Rockland County resident and successful business owner who is currently the Deputy Town Supervisor of Orangetown. As assemblyman, Mike will reduce the tax burden, scrap the “bail reform law”, preserve open space, and fight to pass a statewide term limits bill. Mike believes education is a fundamental right and that every child should have a quality, affordable education.
Representative Lauren Matsumoto – Hawaii House District 45 – @RepMatsumoto
Representative Matsumoto is a 6th generation Hawaiian and member of the Daughters of Hawai‘i. Before graduating from University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, she volunteered at an orphanage in Malawi, Africa. She played Wahine Water Polo as Division 1 scholar-athlete for four years, and later earned an MBA from Hawaii Pacific University. She is the proud wife of Scott, a Honolulu Firefighter, and mother to Noah and Noelle. Her family’s farm has been supplying fresh eggs to communities for over 100 years. Representative Matsumoto earned the title of Miss Hawai‘i in 2011.
Charlie McClintock – Iowa House District 95
Charlie is an Iowa native and current Mayor of Alburnett. He retired from the Iowa National Guard as a Warrant Officer after 21 years of service in 2009. He is a 911 Manager for Cedar Rapids Police Department after starting his career in law enforcement in 1994 as a police officer. He is passionate about agriculture, conservation, and public safety.
Senator Jim Perry – North Carolina Senate District 7 – @JamesPerryNC
Senator Perry is an experienced businessman, husband, and father. He is an outspoken supporter of agriculture/agribusiness, health care, education and our military and rural communities. As a first generation college student, he understands the importance of education and will fight to improve North Carolina’s education system.
Chuck Smith – Kansas House District 3
Smith is a former state representative for the third district who is running for the same seat he previously held. While a Kansas representative, he sponsored several resolutions and served on the Insurance & Financial Institutions, Children & Seniors, and Education Committees. He is an accomplished former St. Mary’s-Colgan football coach and was a 2018 Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductee with 37 seasons; 343-75 record headlined, five Class 2-1A state championships, six runner-up finishes in 23 postseason appearances, and 12 CNC League crowns. Smith is a husband and father who wants to make sure Pittsburg has a voice.
Representative Rob Stafsholt – Wisconsin Senate District 10 – @RobStafsholt10
Representative Stafsholt is a lifelong resident of St. Croix County and manages his family farm. He is a small businessman committed to fostering an environment that stimulates the economy through good-paying jobs, encourages economic growth, and creates an environment that is small business friendly. He is an active community member and believes the government works for the people, and not the other way around.
Donna Veach – Connecticut Senate District 30
Veach currently sits on the Berlin Town Council and is an effective business leader in her community. She was born and raised in Connecticut, making her the perfect representative for her district. Donna Veach is a passionate community volunteer, Eucharistic Minister, wife, and mother.
Alexis Weik – New York Senate District 3
Alexis is currently the receiver of taxes in the town of Islip. Her husband is a Suffolk County Police Officer and her son is an NYPD Police Officer. She is running to make Long Island more affordable, and repeal bail reforms. Weik is a member of many local civic and educational groups, Boy Scouts, and youth sports. Alexis Weik is a devoted wife and mother.
Representative Jeff Weninger – Arizona House Legislative District 17 – @JeffWeninger
Representative Weninger owns two local restaurants, is a husband, father, and dormer Chandler City Council Vice Mayor. He is Chairman of the House Commerce Committee and serves on the House Banking & Insurance and Ways & Means Committee. He prioritizes education, jobs, taxes, budgets, and public safety.