WASHINGTON – The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) today announced September 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.
“Elections this year are about far more than just one party defeating another – this is a fight for the soul of our nation. The RSLC is proud to highlight the efforts from these strong conservatives that are working to combat the rise of socialism, lawlessness, and anarchy in our nation,” said RSLC President Austin Chambers. “These women and men are needed in America’s legislatures to restore conservative values, defend our police force, and restore confidence in our government. We are proud to help them across the finish line this 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.
Travis Angry – Arizona Senate Legislative District 4 – @TravisAngry
Travis is a United States Army and Navy veteran, a single father of two, and a three-time cancer survivor. He is a Christian conservative running on border protection, economic growth, and ensuring Arizonans’ students get the best education. Travis has lived a life of public service and is prepared to serve in the Arizona Legislature.
Assemblyman Jake Ashby – New York Assembly District 107 – @JakeCAshby
Assemblyman Ashby is committed to reforming the New York State Assembly to restore confidence in government and elected officials, upgrading the Division of Veterans Affairs to an official state department, and stimulating economic growth in the state. He is a United States Army veteran and small business owner.
Senator Paul Boyer – Arizona Senate Legislative District 20 – @PaulDBoyer
Senator Boyer is an Arizona native and a high school literature and history teacher. He is the vice-chairman of the Senate Education Committee, and a member of the Senate Higher Education and Senate Finance committees. Prior to serving as state senator, Boyer spent three years as a legislative liaison with the Arizona Department of Corrections. He played a key role in structurally balancing Arizona’s budget.
Senator Sharon Carson – New Hampshire District 14
Senator Sharon Carson is one of New Hampshire’s most respected state legislators. A long-time leader in New Hampshire’s Republican Party, Senator Carson has served in the volunteer legislature since 2000, including five terms as a state senator. Her main focus in the Senate is creating a more business friendly environment to help grow New Hampshire’s economy and create more good paying jobs for its citizens. Senator Carson is a Sergeant First Class in the United States Army Reserve. Additionally, she holds a B.A., M.A. and A.B.D. from the University of New Hampshire and has worked as an adjunct faculty member at the Nashua Community College.
Representative Mike Caruso – Florida House District 89 – @RepMikeCaruso
Representative Caruso worked his way through college at George Washington University where he earned a degree in Business Administration, specializing in accounting. After working for larger firms like KPMG, he opened his own CPA firm in Palm Beach County. Caruso is committed to rebuilding the economy, tax relief for the middle class, improving public education, and remaining good stewards of the environment with his 10-point plan to address Florida’s toxic algae problem.
Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch – Indiana Lieutenant Governor – @LGSuzanneCrouch
Lieutenant Governor Crouch is an Indiana native and previously served as Indiana’s State Auditor and as state representative for Indiana House District 78. As auditor, the office received its first clean bill of health in decades from the State Board of Accounts, and she has received multiple awards for her work to provide resources and programs to people with disabilities. Crouch is a steadfast public servant with a passion for bettering the lives of others. She also serves on the Republican Lieutenant Governor Association’s (RLGA) Executive Committee.
Terry Frederick – Kansas House District 48
Terry is a small business owner and a certified public accountant that consults with businesses throughout the U.S. to help them understand local, state, and federal tax laws. He is passionate about helping others and has been involved in a number of community groups like Boy Scouts. Terry wants to be a voice for the people of Johnson County to build on the good quality of life and great opportunities that are there for families.
Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe – Missouri Lieutenant Governor – @MikeLKehoe
Prior to his appointment, Lieutenant Governor Kehoe served the sixth senatorial district of Missouri. He was first elected to office in 2014, and has previously served as assistant majority floor leader and majority floor leader in the Missouri legislature. Kehoe has called mid-Missouri home for over 30 years. His experience as a small business owner keeps him committed to stimulating Missouri’s economy and reducing bureaucratic red tape. He serves on the Republican Lieutenant Governor Association’s (RLGA) Executive Committee.
Bonnie Lee – Wisconsin Assembly District 14 – @WiBonnie
Bonnie is passionate about protecting our constitutional rights, making health care more affordable and accessible for Wisconsinites, and placing downward pressure on the tax bill to provide more affordable housing. Bonnie’s family planted deep roots in Wauwatosa after moving to Wisconsin in 1995.
Representative Megan Lynn – Kansas House District 49
Representative Lynn worked as a developmental biologist for eight years prior to her current role as the children’s ministry assistant at Olathe College Church of the Nazarene. She has an M.S. in Biology and is a wife and mother of three. Lynn works for strong local schools, respecting the use of taxpayer dollars, and a commitment to fiscal responsibility.
Senator Ron Muzzall – Washington Senate District 10
Senator Muzzall’s family has been Whidbey Island residents for over 100 years. He obtained his degree in Agricultural Mechanization in 1986 from Washington State University in 1986. His life is centered on hard work and common-sense solutions. He believes in a responsible government beholden to the people it serves. He is committed to ensuring taxpayer money is spent sensibly and pragmatically.
Andrew Myers – Minnesota House District 33B – @MyersVote
Andrew currently serves as an elected City Council Member in Minnetonka Beach. He is a fiscally-minded conservative, endorsed by the Republican Party, and promises to bring tenacity and accountability to the Minnesota state House. He has called Minnesota home for over 16 years and is a graduate from University of Montana in Missoula’s Law School. He has owned and ran his own business for over a decade.
Marva Harrison Preston – Florida Senate District 3 – @MarvaPreston14
Marva offers fresh insights and new enthusiasm to the people of Florida Senate District 3. She is a former homicide detective, a native of the district, and has been involved in the community for years through organizations like Empty Bowls, Operation Santa, Farm Share, and the Wakulla Wellness Task Force. Marva is committed to job creation, a stronger community, ensuring every child has access to health care, and increased school safety.
Rep. Sara Rasmussen – Alaska House District 22 – @SaraRasmussenak
Representative Rasmussen is an Anchorage native and lifelong Republican. She believes that capitalism and entrepreneurship give people the tools to bring themselves out of poverty much better than the government. Rasmussen is committed to dealing with crime in Alaska and capping government spending.
Senator Josh Revak – Alaska Senate District M – @JoshRevak
Senator Revak was born into poverty and had to start working at an early age. He is a United States Army Veteran and Purple Heart Medal Recipient. He is a former state representative and former Abbott Loop Community Council Treasurer. Revak is also a musician – he has written and performed original songs in honor of the 1-37 Armor fallen soldiers that he toured Iraq with.
Rita Gomez Sanders – Nebraska Senate District 45 – @BellevueMayor
Rita is a lifelong learner and strong community activist. She is the former Bellevue mayor and is a business owner herself. She is committed to a life full of learning to keep in touch with “the next generation, their thoughts, desires, passion, and how they see the world.” She is the former commissioner of the Status of Women and Nebraska Crime Commission. She is a member of St. Mary’s Church and past chairman of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce.
Senator Sue Serino – New York Senate District 41 – @Serino4NY
Senator Serino took her first job at the age of 15 and has been working ever since. She started as a waitress in a small restaurant and worked until she could open her first successful business as a childcare provider. Serino, the daughter of immigrants, took interest in the real estate industry and still has a growing team she leads. She believes that the government needs to do more with less and prioritize measures that directly benefit local communities.
Senator Bob Steinburg – North Carolina Senate District 1 – @BobSteinburg4NC
Senator Steinburg is a retired businessman and public servant. His passion for improving the North Carolina education system is unmatched. His involvement in schools proved to him that more local control and accountability, not bureaucratic control, is what is needed to create opportunities for students to thrive. Steinburg’s work in sales and marketing prior to retiring helps him understand that excessive government regulation impedes a businesses’ ability to grow.
Mary Giuliani Stephens – Minnesota Senate District 53 – @MaryStephensMN
Mary is a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law and served on Woodbury City Council before being elected as Mayor of Woodbury. While Mayor, Woodbury remained among the top places to live in America – Woodbury saw significant job growth and creation. She has received several awards including 2018 Citizen of the Year from the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce.
Representative Jackie Toledo – Florida House District 60– @ToledoforTampa
Representative Toledo has worked tirelessly for constituents of Hillsborough County. She has served in the Florida state House as Deputy Majority Whip, Co-chair of the Women’s Caucus, the State Director of the national Foundation for Women Legislators and a number of other committees. Toledo works to keep Florida a low-cost state to do business in order to promote economic growth. Her background in education and engineering drives her passion for proactive solutions to Florida’s transportation issues. In all scenarios, Toledo works to put Tampa first.
Secretary of State Mac Warner – West Virginia Secretary of State
Secretary Warner is a Trump conservative, veteran, and family man. He served in the United States Army for 23 years. He’s a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and West Virginia University’s College of Law earning two Master of Law Degrees. As secretary of state, he has partnered with President Trump’s Administration to remove 193,000 ineligible voters while registering 180,000 new voters. He is committed to cutting red tape for small businesses and launched the nation’s first all-in-one business registration center.
Representative Kellie Warren – Kansas Senate District 11
Representative Warren is committed to recovering the economy after COVID-19 setbacks, making health care more affordable and accessible for Kansas families, and ensuring taxpayer dollars are directed toward the resources needed to give children the quality education they deserve. She is a lifelong Republican and was first elected to office in 2019 as District 28 state representative where she was a leading voice on property tax reform, lower utility bills and food sales tax, and preserved access to health care. Warren looks for reasonable solutions and is a trusted problem solver.
Eric Wimberger – Wisconsin Senate District 30
Eric is a DePere native. He graduated from St. Cloud State University before driving semi-trucks, logging more than 120,000 miles until he enrolled at Marquette University Law School. He was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps as Judge Advocate stationed mostly in Japan and Washington D.C. before honorably discharging as a Captain. Eric champions smaller government, business development, stimulating the economy, and strongly opposes defunding the police.