California Trailblazers, a program that successfully identifies, trains and elects the next generation of Republican legislative leaders, announced today former Assistant United States  Attorney Bill Essayli (AD 60) has been elevated to ‘Trailblazer’ status, the third and final level in the program’s three-tier structure.

“Bill Essayli was a standout candidate from the moment he started his campaign for the 60th Assembly District and our board is proud to name him our third Trailblazer of the cycle,” said Trailblazers CEO Jessica Patterson. “Essayli is attuned to what voters really care about: how to make California safer and more affordable for all of us.”

As a ‘Trailblazer,’ Essayli raised nearly $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. Essayli also released two TV ads, with his latest, called “Yolanda,” released last week.

A former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy District Attorney, Essayli’s background is in keeping communities safe. His career includes a bedrock of high-profile cases including the federal investigation of the deadly December 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack and prosecuting a drug trafficking case involving the smuggling of narcotics from Mexico. Essayli volunteers as an attorney coach for the mock trial team for his alma mater, Centennial High School in Corona.

“Essayli spent his career protecting the Riverside County community and he’ll take that experience with him to Sacramento to fight for effective, commonsense policies that put citizens’ safety first,” Patterson said. “Trailblazers looks forward to supporting him in the final stretch of the campaign.”

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