Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Chris Carmona, Candidate for Texas House District 148, Makes National GOP List

Two Texas races have appeared on an important list, distributed in press release form Tuesday by the Republican State Leadership Committee's Future Majority Project (RSLC) and "Right Women, Right Now" initiative.  The list was made during a regional meeting focusing on the midterm elections.
From their website:
"The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders and the only national organization whose mission is to elect down ballot, state-level Republican office-holders."
Today the Republican State Leadership Committee’s (RSLC) Future Majority Project and “Right Women, Right Now” initiative announced “14 in ’14 Races to Watch” during the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC) Northeast Regional Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. The meeting focused on Republicans’ opportunities to gain ground in the Northeast in the upcoming midterm elections.

Christine Toretti, RSLC Board Member and advisor to the Future Majority Project’s “Right Women, Right Now” initiative, issued the following statement announcing the “Races to Watch:”
“It is critical we ensure our Party reflects the full diversity of America and the RSLC’s Future Majority Project and “‘Right Women, Right Now” initiative has been instrumental in guaranteeing that female and diverse Republican candidates are a part of the political conversation, both nationwide and at the state level,” said Toretti.  “I applaud the candidates recognized today in these ‘Races to Watch’ and thank them for leading the way to help us grow the Republican Party in their respective states.”  

Toretti concluded by announcing the races to watch. 
Darius Foster – Alabama House 56
Anand Dubey – Alaska House 21
Rene Plasencia – Florida House 49
Bob Cortes – Florida House 30
Krishna Bansal – Illinois House 84
Tony Barton – Kansas House 41
Shamed Dogan – Missouri House 98
Victoria Seaman – Nevada Assembly 34
Herman Joubert – North Carolina Senate 22
Ervin Yen – Oklahoma Senate 40
Bryan Terry – Tennessee House 48
Sabi Kumar – Tennessee House 66
Rick Galindo – Texas House 117
Chris Carmona – Texas House 148

Tijuanna Adetunji – Alabama House 78
Michele Reagan – Arizona Secretary of State
Shawnna Bolick - Arizona House 28
Irene Littleton – Arizona Senate 8
Candice Benge – Colorado House 3
Terri Bryant – Illinois House 115
Erin Davis – Kansas House 15
Karyn Polito – Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor
Carol Ann Fausone – Michigan House 21
Jill Dickman – Nevada Assembly 31
Sharon Gamba – Rhode Island House 32
Patsy Hazlewood – Tennessee House 27
Sophia DiCaro- Utah House 31
Tracie Happel – Wisconsin Assembly 94
 Also included were these "Fast Facts":
Fast Facts on the Future Majority Project and Future Majority Caucus
  • For the 2013-2014 cycle, FMP announced a goal to identify 200 new diverse candidates as well as 300 new female candidates through its “Right Women, Right Now” initiative, with the goal of electing at least 75 diverse candidates and 150 women candidates.  Earlier this summer FMP announced 244 diverse candidates identified across the nation and 558 women through “Right Women, Right Now.”
  • In 2011, the RSLC launched the Future Majority Project – a forward-thinking outreach initiative intended to proactively grow the Republican Party. FMP named goals in 2011 of identifying 100 new candidates of Hispanic descent. Successes last cycle include exceeding initial goals by identifying 126 candidates of Hispanic descent in 26 states and increasing the number of Hispanic Republicans in office.
  • In February 2013, FMP announced the Future Majority Caucus, chaired by Governors Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Brian Sandoval of Nevada, its leadership is comprised of current elected officials from the first class of last cycle’s FMP candidates – to work to expand the scope of recruitment by the RSLC to include not only candidates of Hispanic descent, but other candidates reflecting the breadth of ethnic diversity across the nation as well. In February of 2014, the FMC added 15 additional state-level legislators representing diverse backgrounds and recently added New Mexico House Conference Chairman Alonzo Baldonado to the caucus.
  • As part of FMP, RSLC also launched ‘Right Women, Right Now’ (RWRN), a sustained effort to identify and support Republican women candidates at the state level.  The goal for 2012 was to identify 150 new Republican female candidates with the goal of electing 75 to office.  RWRN successes included exceeding goals by identifying 191 new candidates and electing 84 new Republican women to state-level office in 36 states.
Down ballot races are crucial.  We know that "all politics is local" quote is true.  Future benches for state wide and national races begin at the local level.  

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