“THE CALIFORNIA TRAILBLAZERS PROGRAM is essential in the effort to revitalize California as it identifies and trains candidates throughout our state who are committed to the principles of efficient and accountable government, personal initiative, and free enterprise.

I’m impressed with the current Trailblazer candidates in the 2014 election cycle as they continue to work tirelessly to better our local communities. I believe these candidates will provide the new and innovative ideas that our state needs.”

-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy



California Trailblazers, modeled after the successful national Young Guns program, successfully recruits, trains and elects Republicans to state legislative office.

Rigorous fundraising and campaign benchmarks are required before advancing to the next tier. As our members advance through the tiers, additional support is given to ensure a strong and competitive campaign.

McCarthy Fuller Mayes


The Trailblazer Program also provides resources of ongoing education for candidates to learn campaign fundamentals. Candidates will have access to industry professionals to assist in developing finance, grassroots, administrative, and political plans.

The program will supply quality fundraisers, coalition building experts, media training, issue briefings and more to ensure Trailblazer candidates have the tools to win on Election Day.

ico-quote-beginico-quote-end“I appreciate the efforts of the California Trailblazers Board of Directors and Republican legislative leaders to invest their time and expertise to support candidates and future Republican leaders. The trainings have energized my efforts and provided me with tips and techniques to better communicate with voters and run an aggressive and successful campaign.”
– Assemblywoman Young Kim



Pathfinder candidates have received more than $100,000 in donations for their respective campaigns, identified local volunteers and precinct captains and established a website and social media presence.

Ken Vogel

AD 12

Clint Olivier

AD 31

Dante Acosta

AD 38

Cory Ellenson

AD 48

Rita Topalian

AD 57

Steven Choi



Rising Stars have raised at least $250,000 in campaign contributions, without loans or personal money. In addition, Rising Stars have created strong media, fundraising, coalition and finance plans, identified a campaign manager and participated in Trailblazers trainings.

Jordan Cunningham

AD 35

Phillip Chen

AD 55


Trailblazer is the highest designation in the three-tier program. Trailblazers have raised more than $400,000, without loans or personal funds, and demonstrated a clear path to victory in their districts. Trailblazers have also created and executed strong media, fundraising, coalition and finance plans, identified a campaign manager and participated in Trailblazers trainings.

Kevin Kiley

AD 6

Vince Fong

AD 34

Assemblyman Scott Wilk

SD 21

Steve Fazio

SD 27

Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang

SD 29