Former Assistant United States Attorney Bill Essayli, candidate for the State Assembly in AD 60, which includes Corona, Norco, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, and portions of the city of Riverside, has earned ‘Pathfinder’ status from California Trailblazers, a program that has had success supporting Republican candidates in key legislative races. The announcement was made by Trailblazers CEO Jessica Patterson.


“Bill is a natural leader with a strong pedigree and record of exemplary service that underscores the type of candidates that California Trailblazers looks for,” said Patterson. “Tough on crime and strong on California’s economy, he is perfectly positioned to elevate the issue of a $52 billion gas tax, which was imposed on the constituents of the 60th Assembly District and supported by the current incumbent. Bill’s unique background and relationships throughout Riverside County make him a tremendous candidate to regain this seat, which is critical to Republicans ending the Democrat Supermajority in the Assembly.”


Working out of the U.S. Attorney’s Riverside Branch Office, Essayli’s career has included a bedrock of high-profile cases, including the federal investigation of the deadly December 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack, which led to charges being filed against Enrique Marquez Jr., for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and prosecution of a case involving nearly 29 defendants who participated in a drug trafficking organization that smuggled narcotics from Mexico.


Essayli earned a law degree from Chapman University School of Law and volunteered as an attorney coach for the mock trial team for his alma mater, Centennial High School in Corona.


Essayli has been heavily engaged in the Trailblazers program, having met the program’s benchmarks to earn ‘Pathfinder’ status, including raising more than $100,000 without personal loans, identifying local volunteers and precinct captains and establishing a website and social media presence. Additionally, Essayli achieved ‘Pathfinder’ having attended every candidate training to learn to how to run a winning campaign. These elements ensure candidates are effectively prepared for the campaign trail and ready to lead once elected.


Throughout 2018, 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 more than $250,000 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.