Republican State Leadership Committee Announces “17 in ’17: Races to Watch” List

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Republican State Leadership Committee Announces “17 in ’17: Races to Watch” List

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 17th, 2017) – Today, the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) debuted its “17 in ’17: Races to Watch.” Comprised of the RSLC’s Future Majority Project (FMP) and Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) candidates who ran or are running for state-level offices around the country this year, the list recognizes rising stars who will champion common-sense policies and who better represent the full diversity of our electorate. The RSLC’s FMP and RWRN initiatives both aim to identify, recruit, and support new diverse and female candidates at the state level.

This year’s list includes candidates on the ballot this November in legislative races in New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington as well as Republican legislators who were already successfully elected in special elections held earlier this year.

RSLC 17 in ’17: Races to Watch

Detailed information for each candidate and their campaign can be found here.

Already Elected Legislators

  • Daniel Perez – Florida House District 116
  • Kay Kirkpatrick – Georgia Senate District 32
  • Anne Neu – Minnesota House District 32B
  • Sandy Crawford – Missouri Senate District 28
  • Sara Walsh – Missouri House District 50
  • Missy McGee – Mississippi House District 102


  • Jacob Ventura – Massachusetts Bristol-Norfolk Senate District
  • Ileana Schirmer – New Jersey Senate District 14
  • Kelly Langschultz – New Jersey Senate District 38
  • Kristin Corrado – New Jersey Senate District 40
  • Emily Brewer – Virginia Delegate District 64
  • Heather Cordasco – Virginia Delegate District 93
  • Lolita Mancheno-Smoak – Virginia Delegate District 42
  • Linda Schulz – Virginia Delegate District 86
  • Jill Vogel – Virginia Lieutenant Governor
  • Subba Kolla – Virginia Delegate District 87
  • Jinyoung Englund – Washington Senate District 45

RSLC President Matt Walter released the following statement regarding the “17 in ’17: Races to Watch”:

“Since 2011, the FMP and RWRN initiatives have proved tremendously successful in building up the next set of Republican state legislators. This year’s candidates on our “17 in ’17: Races to Watch” list embody the types of candidates we were hoping to support when we first began the FMP and RWRN initiatives in 2011. We have had a great group of legislators already elected to office this year and we look forward to seeing the success of the rest of these candidates come November.”