California Trailblazers Announces Four ‘Pathfinder’ Candidates
Senate and Assembly candidates surpass rigorous campaign goals and earn distinction
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Trailblazers today announced another round of Republican candidates who have advanced to ‘Pathfinder’ status, the first level in the program’s three-tier structure. The Trailblazers program is off to a strong start with a majority of state Assembly and Senate candidates enrolled in the program. With today’s announcement, 13 candidates have reached ‘Pathfinder’ status. The Trailblazers program successfully helps candidates strengthen their campaigns by providing resources, training opportunities and practical skills so they are equipped to build and run winning campaigns.
“To renew and rebuild the Republican Party, we need to help develop quality Republican candidates who represent their districts’ values and are well-positioned to connect and engage with voters. Our goal is to elevate candidates and strengthen their campaigns by encouraging them to achieve specific benchmarks throughout the campaign cycle,” said California Trailblazers CEO Jessica Patterson. “Candidates move up the ranks as they
reach aggressive benchmarks and develop a strong campaign infrastructure.”
The three-tier structure encourages candidates to advance through the levels of ‘Pathfinder,’ ‘Rising Star’ and ‘Trailblazer’ by providing tools and resources for candidates to develop successful campaigns.
California Trailblazers distinguishes candidates as ‘Pathfinders’ once they’ve established the foundation for a robust and winning campaign. ‘Pathfinder’ candidates have raised more than $100,000 in campaign contributions, identified local volunteers and precinct captains and created a substantial online presence through a dynamic website and active social media effort.
The California Trailblazers Board of Directors has announced the following candidates receiving ‘Pathfinder’ status:
- Bonnie Garcia (SD-28)- Garcia served in the state Assembly from 2002 through 2008. While in office she played an instrumental role in advancing bipartisan legislation to protect children from sexual predators, create and preserve jobs, improve healthcare access in rural zones and build affordable housing.
- Gary Jeandron (AD-42)- Retired Palm Springs Police Chief Gary Jeandron has a lifetime commitment to service. For more than three decades he served professionally with the Palm Springs Police Department, starting as a records clerk and becoming chief of police 29 years later in 2002.
- Janet Nguyen (SD-34)- Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Orange County Supervisor Nguyen is a devoted and passionate leader in her community. She previously served on the Garden Grove City Council, where she was the youngest councilmember ever elected.
- Jesse Petrilla (AD-73)- Jesse Petrilla is a Rancho Santa Margarita Councilman, officer in the California Army National Guard and veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Petrilla has championed government accountability by spearheading efforts to remove opulent councilmember benefits.
The candidates join a team of well-regarded ‘Pathfinders,’ including: Catharine Baker (AD-16), Pat Bates (SD-36), Ling-Ling Chang (AD-55), Phillip Chen (AD-55), James Gallagher (AD-3), David Hadley (AD-66), Young Kim (AD-65), Chad Mayes (AD-42), and Rudy Mendoza (AD-26).
“We look forward to reviving the Republican Party through our continued efforts to support candidates by offering renowned resources and training opportunities as they work to meet the next series of campaign benchmarks,” said Patterson.
Throughout the 2014 election cycle, California Trailblazers leadership will continue to support Republican candidates by offering practical training opportunities and policy, communications and fundraising resources. To achieve ‘Rising Star’ status, the next step in the program, candidates must meet significant fundraising goals, develop a comprehensive media strategy, identify surrogates and continue to grow their volunteer coalition.