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 former Assistant United States Attorney Bill Essayli (AD 60) to ‘Rising Star’ status, the second level in the program’s three-tier structure.

“The results of the June primary election clearly show California’s 60th Assembly District is eager for the fresh leadership Bill Essayli will bring to Sacramento,” said Trailblazers CEO Jessica Patterson. “Essayli is leading the effort to repeal the disastrous $52 billion gas tax and Riverside County voters are taking notice of the significant contrast between the liberal incumbent and Essayli.”

In the June primary, Essayli received an impressive 52.9 percent of the vote, compared to the Democratic incumbent’s 47.1 percent. Essayli will face the incumbent again in the November general election in a closely watched Assembly race.

As a ‘Rising Star,’ Essayli has 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.

A former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy District Attorney, Essayli’s background is in keeping communities safe. His career has included a bedrock of high-profile cases including the federal investigation of the deadly December 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack and prosecuting a drug trafficking case involving smuggling narcotics from Mexico. Essayli volunteers as an attorney coach for the mock trial team in Corona for his alma mater, Centennial High School.

“Essayli has a proven track record of dedication to communities throughout the 60th Assembly District,” Patterson said. “He fought for them as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and he’ll fight for them every single day in the state Assembly.”

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 and participated in Trailblazers trainings to learn fundamental and sophisticated campaign strategies and tactics.

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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. Follow @CaTrailblazers.