Assemblyman Scott Wilk Elevated to ‘Pathfinder’ Status

Candidate surpasses campaign benchmarks, enters program’s first tier

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Trailblazers, a program with a track record of successfully identifying, recruiting and training the next generation of Republican leaders, today announced its board of directors has elevated Assemblyman Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) to ‘Pathfinder’ status. While only a senate candidate for two months, Assemblyman Wilk has already established a strong campaign infrastructure and maximized Trailblazers training opportunities. This is Assemblyman Wilk’s second election cycle as a participant in the program, having earned ‘Pathfinder’ status during his race for Assembly District 38 in 2012.

“Assemblyman Wilk is an experienced and proven leader in California who demonstrates that even seasoned candidates benefit from the Trailblazers program,” said Trailblazers CEO Jessica Patterson.

Candidates must complete core campaign benchmarks before earning ‘Pathfinder’ status. This includes raising more than $100,000, without personal loans, identifying local volunteers and precinct captains and establishing a website and social media presence.

Assemblyman Scott Wilk has a record of public service and community involvement. First elected in 2012 and again in 2014 with more than 65 percent of the vote, Wilk’s legislative accomplishments include co-authoring SB 718 to position California to compete for a $60 billion federal government contract and securing legislative support to increase funding for afterschool programs. Prior to the legislature, Wilk served six years on the College of the Canyons Board of Trustees and six years as Chief of Staff to California Assembly Members Tom McClintock and Paula Boland.

“The California Senate will benefit greatly from Assemblyman Scott Wilk’s leadership as an experienced public servant who knows how to get things done, and inspire achievement,” stated California Trailblazers CEO, Jessica Patterson.

Throughout 2016, California Trailblazers will continue to provide ongoing support to Republican legislative candidates. Candidates who seek to enter the second tier of the Trailblazers program, Rising Star status, must raise $250,000 in campaign contributions, identify local volunteers and precinct captains and create a substantial online presence through a dynamic website and active social media effort.

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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 Follow @CaTrailblazers.