WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) Friday debuted its “18 in ’18: Races to Watch – Hispanic Heritage Month Edition.”
Comprised of the RSLC’s Future Majority Project (FMP) and Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) candidates of Hispanic heritage 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.
RSLC’s “18 in ’18” lists include 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.
“As a board member of the RSLC, I am incredibly proud of what the Future Majority Project has done to support Hispanic candidates who have made the decision to run for elected office and generously serve their fellow Americans. The 18 candidates featured in this edition of the “Races to Watch” list embody the emerging faces of the Republican Party and serve as a great example of the continuing contributions of the Hispanic-American community during Hispanic Heritage Month,” said former Governor of Puerto Rico and RSLC Board Member Luis Fortuño.
“Republicans at the state level would not be reaching historical highs, without the growing diversity of our party. As we celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, the RSLC is bringing attention to outstanding Future Majority Project (FMP) and Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) candidates of Hispanic heritage running in critical races,” said Matt Walter, President of the Republican State Leadership Committee.
The comprehensive list of candidates and their biographies can be found here: https://rslc.gop/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2018/09/RSLC-18-in-18-HHM.pdf
RSLC’s “18 in ’18 Races to Watch – Hispanic Heritage Month Edition” list
- Rep. T.J. Shope – Arizona Legislative District 8
- Assemblyman Dante Acosta – California Assembly District 38
- Alexandria Coronado – California Assembly District 65
- Marili Cancio – Florida Senate District 40
- Rep. Bob Cortes – Florida House District 30
- Juan Fernandez-Barquin – Florida House District 119
- Rep. Rene Plasencia – Florida House District 50
- Ana Maria Rodriguez – Florida House District 105
- Anthony Rodriguez – Florida House District 118
- James Perez – Iowa House District 71
- Michelle Garcia Holmes – New Mexico Lieutenant Governor
- Rep. Alonzo Baldonado – New Mexico House District 8
- Martin Zamora – New Mexico House District 63
- Alexander Flores – Oregon Senate District 15
- David Molina – Oregon House District 29
- Cynthia Flores – Texas House District 52
- John Lujan – Texas House District 118
- Rep. Jessie Rodriguez – Wisconsin Assembly District 21
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 www.rslc.gop or follow @RSLC on Twitter.