SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Trailblazers, a program successfully identifying, training and electing the next generation of Republican legislative leaders, announced today Justin Mendes (AD 32) has been elevated to ‘Trailblazer’ status, the third and final level in the program’s three-tier structure.

“Trailblazers is thrilled to elevate Justin Mendes to ‘Trailblazer’ status,” said Trailblazers CEO Jessica Patterson. “It comes as no surprise that Mendes is one of our first candidates to reach this status since he has proven to be an incredibly impressive and dedicated candidate from the minute he began his campaign.”

As a ‘Trailblazer,’ Mendes has raised more than $400,000 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. Mendes released his first TV ad in mid-September called “Daycare.”

Mendes has deep roots in the Valley, most recently serving as the Mayor of Hanford after first being elected to the Hanford City Council in 2014. Previously, Mendes worked as District Director for Congressman David Valadao. As a community leader, Mendes focused on strengthening public safety and facilitating local economic growth. The son of a third-generation dairy farmer, Mendes understands the value of hard work and the importance of protecting businesses.

“Mendes is uniquely prepared to represent the 32nd Assembly District because his valley roots run deep there,” Patterson said. “Sacramento politicians repeatedly demonstrate their fundamental misunderstanding of the needs of everyday Californians and Mendes is ready to face that head on. Trailblazers looks forward to working with him in the final stretch of the campaign to pave the path to victory.”

Throughout 2018, California Trailblazers will continue to provide ongoing support to Republican legislative candidates.

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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.