SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Trailblazers, a program with a track record of successfully identifying, training and electing the next generation of Republican legislative leaders, announced today its Board of Directors has elevated Frank Scotto (AD—66) to ‘Rising Star’ status, the second level in the program’s three-tier structure.

“We are thrilled that Frank Scotto is one of our first candidates to achieve ‘Rising Star’ status,” said Trailblazers CEO Jessica Patterson. “The results of the primary election show former Mayor Scotto has the trust of many 66th Assembly District residents through his dedication to Torrance and the surrounding communities and hard work on the campaign trail.”

‘Rising Stars’ have raised more than $250,000 in campaign contributions, without loans or personal money, created strong media, fundraising, coalition and finance plans, identified a campaign manager and participated in Trailblazers trainings.

Scotto served two terms as the Mayor of Torrance after first being elected to the City Council in 2000. His focus was on making Torrance a better place to live and work. Scotto’s tenure resulted in providing youth more opportunities, bolstering city services and planting more than 1,000 trees. Prior to his public service, Scotto built his small business, Frank Scotto Towing, from the ground up. His company became a leader in providing assistance to hundreds of motorists and was recognized as an important community partner.

“There is nobody better than Scotto to take on the District’s current representative, who voted for the gas tax, though this funding won’t improve traffic in the district,” Patterson said. “The residents of the 66th Assembly District deserve greater leadership and Scotto has a proven record in making the South Bay a better place for everyone.”

Throughout 2018, California Trailblazers will continue to provide ongoing support to Republican legislative candidates. Candidates who seek to enter the third tier of the Trailblazers program—‘Trailblazer’ status—must raise more than $400,000 in campaign contributions, have created strong media, fundraising, coalition and finance plans, identified a campaign manager and participated in Trailblazers trainings to learn fundamental and sophisticated campaign strategies and tactics.

About California Trailblazers      

California Trailblazers aims to recruit and train Republican candidates who reflect California’s diverse population. The program is modeled after the National Republican Congressional Committee’s successful Young Guns program. For more information, please visit www.catrailblazers.com and follow @CAtrailblazers.

# # #