“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 candidates Trailblazers recruits every election cycle as they continue to work tirelessly to better our local communities. I believe these leaders will provide the new and innovative ideas that our state needs.”

-House Republican 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.

  Marie Waldron


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“California Trailblazers provided cutting-edge information, training and strategy to significantly bolster my candidacy for Assembly and create the best possible pathway for a successful campaign. The collective support of Trailblazers alumni, board members and staff leveraged best practices and resources that are second to none. This program will continue to play a key role in electing the next generation of diverse and dynamic Republican leaders in this state.”
– Assemblyman Vince Fong



Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh

SD 23

Assemblymember Janet Nguyen

AD 72

Assemblymember Suzette Valladares

AD 38

Assemblymember Thurston “Smitty” Smith

AD 33

Assemblymember James Gallagher

AD 3

Assemblymember Frank Bigelow

AD 5

Assemblymember Kevin Kiley

AD 6

Assemblymember Vince Fong

AD 34

Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham

AD 35

Assemblymember Phillip Chen

AD 55

Assemblymember Steven Choi

AD 68

Senator Andreas Borgeas

SD 8

Senator Scott Wilk

SD 21

Senator Pat Bates

SD 36


Senator Jim Nielsen

SD 4

Assemblymember Heath Flora

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Assemblymember Tom Lackey

AD 36

Assemblymember Melissa Melendez

AD 67


‘Pathfinder’ is the first tier in the three-tier program. These candidates, including have raised more than $100,000 without personal loans, identified local volunteers and precinct captains, established a website and social media presence and participated in Trailblazers trainings.


‘Rising Star’ is the second tier in the three-tier program. These candidates 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.


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.