Senate candidate surpasses rigorous campaign goals and earns distinction early in 2016 cycle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Trailblazers today announced Assemblywoman Ling-Ling Chang (R – Diamond Bar) has advanced to ‘Pathfinder’ status, the first level in the program’s three-tier structure. The Trailblazers program helps candidates strengthen their campaigns by providing resources, training opportunities and practical skills so they are equipped to build and run winning campaigns.

“California Trailblazer candidates enjoyed tremendous success in the last election, and the elevation of Assemblywoman Chang to ‘Pathfinder’ status early in the 2016 cycle is an indication that Republican candidates are motivated, working hard and 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 announces Assemblywoman Ling-Ling Chang has achieved ‘Pathfinder’ status.

Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang (SD-29) – Chang is currently serving constituents in the 55th Assembly District as a member of the state legislature. She’s demonstrated her commitment and passion by authoring significant policy to support the expansion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. Prior to her service in the legislature, Chang was the Mayor of Diamond Bar and President and CEO of the Youth Science Center, a non-profit organization that focuses on improving youth’s education in STEM.

Chang is the first state legislative candidate to earn Pathfinder status in the 2016 election cycle.

“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 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.

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