Endorsed Candidates


darryl_glenn.jpgDarryl Glenn

United States Senate Candidate

Darryl is currently serving his second term as the El Paso County Colorado District 1 Commissioner, a position he was reelected to in 2014 with 80% of the vote. Representing over 655,000 Colorado residents, he has been a champion for the people of El Paso County, working tirelessly to stimulate innovation, provide sound fiscal management, and give a voice to his fellow Coloradans. Darryl previously served two elected terms on the Colorado Springs City Council and is a small business owner, working as an attorney for the Glenn Law Firm P.C.

As a civil servant dedicated to improving the lives and communities of those he has served, Darryl will continue to be a strong advocate fighting for the principles most important to Coloradans- a strong national defense, fiscal discipline, educating the workforce for the modern economy, and criminal justice reform.


bencarson10.jpgBen Carson

United States Presidential Candidate

Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., had a childhood dream of becoming a physician. However, growing up poor in the 1950's in Detroit, Michigan with low self esteem, a horrible temper, and in a single parent household, the statistics were certainly not in his favor. But Ben's mother, having only completed third grade herself, challenged her two children to strive for success by focusing on education. She encouraged her boys to reach beyond their meager circumstances through reading and building their knowledge of the world. As he began to appreciate reading, Ben's grades improved dramatically and he started to develop what would become a life-long love affair with learning. Young Ben excelled in high school and upon completion, went on to attend college at Yale University where he met Candy, the young lady who would become his wife.

After graduation, Ben would work as an X-ray technician, a bank teller, a school bus driver, a supervisor for highway cleanup crews, and a crane operator in a steel factory, before being accepted into the University of Michigan Medical School. Ben and Candy were married, and after graduating medical school, Ben moved his family to Baltimore where he performed his residency training at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. Little did he know at the time, but Johns Hopkins and Baltimore, Maryland would become his home for most of his career. On June 30th, 2013 Dr. Carson retired, and today he is emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, after directing pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for 39 years. 

Some of Dr. Carson's career highlights include the first and only successful separation of craniopagus (Siamese) twins joined at the back of the head in 1987, the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in 1997 in South Africa, and the first successful placement of an intrauterine shunt for a hydrocephalic twin. Although he has been involved in many newsworthy operations, he feels that every case is noteworthy and deserving of maximum attention. He is interested in all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, and has a special interest in trigeminal neuralgia (a severe facial pain condition) in adults.


willhurd.jpgWill Hurd

Texas (23rd Congressional District)

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Will is a proud product of the Texas public school system. He attended John Marshall High School and Texas A&M University, where he majored in Computer Science and served as Student Body President.

After college, Will served as an undercover officer in the CIA in the Middle East and South Asia for nearly a decade, collecting intelligence that influenced the National Security agenda. Upon leaving the CIA, he became a Senior Advisor with a cybersecurity firm, covering a wide range of complex challenges faced by manufacturers, financial institutions, retailers, and critical infrastructure owners. He was also a partner with a strategic advisory firm helping businesses expand into international markets.

In 2015, Will was elected to the 114th Congress and currently serves on the Committee of Oversight and Government Reformand chairs the Information Technology Subcommittee. He also sits on the Committee on Homeland Security and is the Vice Chair of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee.


Mia_Love_thumb_.jpgMia Love 

Utah (4th Congressional District)

Mia Love brought excitement and vigor to the 2012 election cycle.  Love, running for Congress in Utah’s Fourth Congressional District energized the Republican Party with her fresh ideas and principled conservative positions on the functions of government. Mia is currently Mayor of the City of Saratoga Springs, UT. Prior to serving as mayor, she served on the city council for six years and promoted sensible government policies that reduced the burden of local government on the community.

Love was featured prominently at the 2012 Republican National Convention as a prime time speaker, which she used as a platform to advocate for stronger family values and smarter government. In 2010, Mia was honored with a nomination for Utahan of the Year by the Salt Lake Tribune. This was a great compliment for Mia who is driven by her personal motto that “service is always the vehicle of any extraordinary event or change.”

Love continues to advocate for conservative principles and will be a continued presence on the local and national scene for years to come.


Scott_Photo_042914.jpgTim Scott

South Carolina (US Senate)

Senator Tim Scott exemplifies the hard work, commitment, determination, and dedication to common sense conservative economic principles rooted in South Carolina.  Tim’s advocacy in the House of Representatives on behalf of conservative values championed by his constituents propelled him into the U.S. Senate.  In January 2013, Tim was appointed to the U.S. Senate to serve out the remaining term of Senator Jim DeMint.  His continued support for low taxes, smaller government, and free enterprise follows in the tradition of the patriotic men and women that have served the state with distinction.  Tim’s commitment to service is not new to the people of South Carolina. Tim spent 13 years on the Charleston County Council, of which he was chairman four terms.  Tim’s humble upbringing and desire to make a difference in peoples’ lives has driven him to work tirelessly for his state.

Tim is a strong supporter of the sanctity of human life and advocates tirelessly for outlawing heinous procedures such as abortions and partial birth abortions.  Tim supports charter schools and ensuring all children have the opportunity to get a good education. He consistently worked to get the nation’s spending under control, and opposed measures he believes do not go far enough to restrain federal spending. Tim was an original cosponsor of the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act, which would do just as it says – cut spending, cap our spending moving forward based on how much we bring in, and add a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He also cosponsored two stand-alone bills that would create a Balanced Budget Amendment, and voted against raising our nation’s debt limit.


Elbert_L._Guillory_.jpgElbert L. Guillory

Louisiana (State Senate)

Born and reared in Opelousas, Louisiana Elbert Guillory was born in Opelousas, Louisiana and graduated from J.S. Clark High School.  He became active in the Civil Rights Movement during the late 1950’s then joined the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.  He finished college while in the Navy and was accepted into several of the nations top law schools.  He graduated from Rutgers Law School and taught at Rutgers Law.

He worked for the state governments, of New Jersey and Pennsylvania and at age 29, ran his first state agency in Maryland. He was also chosen to run cabinet level agencies for Illinois and Seattle, Washington.

Guillory spent 43 years as a criminal defense lawyer, and served in the Louisiana House of Representatives and the Louisiana Senate.  He was Legislator of the Year twice in his first six years and was elected to the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame for his work in law and government.


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Charles “Trey” Thomas 

Louisiana (6th Congressional District)

Dr. Charles Thomas III is the Executive Director of Family Values Resource Institute (FVRI), a 501c3 charitable and educational organization.  Founded over 20 years ago by his parents, Rev. Charles II and Barbara Thomas, FVRI provides four programs to empower the family as the critical building block of a democratic society including a crisis pregnancy center for women, marriage and family counseling programs, an adult learning and career development center, and as early-childhood learning center.

In 2010, Dr. Thomas foundedHolSyn Consulting, LLC, an organizational development and strategic management consulting firm specializing in turnaround solutions for under-performing educational organizations and not-for-profit organizations.

Dr. Thomas also has 10 years of experience working with K-12 and college students and athletes as a teacher, coach, mentor, camp counselor, and academic advisor.

A native of Baton Rouge, LA, Dr. Thomas is a high school graduate from Southern University Laboratory School after attending East Baton Rouge Parish public elementary and middle schools.  He then earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education from Louisiana State University where he was 3-time Academic All-SEC member of the LSU Fighting Tigers Football Team.  Dr. Thomas completed his academic training by receiving a dual Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Educational Leadership from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.

A husband and father of four daughters, Dr. Thomas is a strong community advocate for high quality education options for all children and has participated with several educational organizations and committees including the East Baton Rouge Parish Committee for Educational Excellence, STAND for Children, the Black Alliance for Educational Options, Better Baton Rouge, and Advance Innovative Education.  Dr. Thomas is also a member of Jubilee Christian Center Church in Baton Rouge, and serves as a member of the East Baton Rouge RepublicanParish Executive Committee.


alex_mooney.jpgAlex Mooney 

West Virginia (2nd Congressional District)

Alex Mooney is a resident of Jefferson County, West Virginia. The son of a Cuban refugee and Vietnam veteran, Alex grew up with a deep sense of appreciation for the American ideals of individual freedom and personal responsibility.

Alex’s mother, Lala, was born and raised in Fidel Castro’s Cuba, where she and other members of her family were thrown into jail for seven weeks for opposing Castro’s communist regime. When she was 21, Lala escaped Cuba and fled to America with barely a penny to her name.

Alex’s father, Vincent, was sent to Vietnam when his wife was expecting their first child. He served as an Engineering Captain and was awarded the Bronze Star. Listening to his parents’ inspiring stories, Alex knew from a young age that he wanted to spend his life fighting for the American ideals set forth by our Founding Fathers.

Alex played football and rugby at Dartmouth College, where he graduated in 1993. A passionate defender of pro-life values, Alex also served as the president of the Dartmouth Coalition for Life during his junior and senior years.

Shortly after graduation, Alex served as an aide to western Maryland Congressman Roscoe Bartlett and as a legislative analyst for the House Republican Conference Committee under Congressman John Boehner (R-OH). Alex later left Capitol Hill to work for a small conservative public policy organization.

Over the years, Alex watched as national, state and local government grew too big and too meddlesome. Out-of-control government began taking more of taxpayers’ money and intruding more in citizens’ daily lives. At only 27 years of age, he decided to do something about it.

After knocking on thousands of doors in Western Maryland, Alex defeated a liberal incumbent in the Republican primary and went on to win the general election in 1998, becoming the youngest and only Hispanic member of the Maryland State Senate.

As a state senator from 1999-2010, Alex consistently fought for conservative fiscal and social values, including lower taxes, less government spending, protecting our Second Amendment rights, pro-life legislation, job creation and caring for our seniors.

Alex received the National Hero of the Taxpayer Award in 2003 for consistently voting to protect hardworking taxpayers by cutting burdensome government regulations and red tape on our small businesses. Alex never voted for a tax increase during his twelve years as a state senator.

Alex and his wife, Dr. Grace Gonzalez Mooney, have two children, and decided to move across the Potomac River to raise their children in Jefferson County, West Virginia. Alex and Grace homeschool their two children and believe West Virginia is a great place to live and raise a family.

As West Virginia’s congressman, Alex will fight to protect traditional family values and make sure West Virginia continues to be a great place to raise a family. Alex believes that West Virginia is poised to be a leader in defending and promoting the all-American values of hard work, faith and freedom that have made our country great. With a proven record of fighting for conservative values, Alex is excited about working with West Virginians to return our county to our founding principles.


lisafritsch.jpgLisa Fritsch

Texas (Governor)

Lisa Fritsch began her career as a writer in 1999 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Japanese Language and Literature. From her writing career, she joined KLBJ in 2004 as a talk radio show host where she was constantly regarded as a “breath of fresh air.” Fritsch has been a national radio and television commentator since 2009. She garnered national attention for her willingness to call out the “diabolical” ways of liberalism on Glenn Beck. She later took a principled stand against the NAACP for accusing the Tea Party as racist.” Fritsch has been a regular contributor to Fox News 7 Austin, Fox News Channel and The Blaze.

Fritsch’s commentaries have been published nationally in such places as The Washington Times, American Thinker, Breitbart, The Dallas Morning News, The Austin American Statesman, and GOP USA. Lisa Fritsch is a long serving member of the national advisory council for the Project 21 Black Leadership Network, a think tank to advance the voices of black conservatives.

She is the author of Obama, Tea Parties and God: What It Means to be An American, a Patriot and a Christian. Fritsch is currently a Republican Candidate for Governor of Texas.

Fritsch is a 7th generation Texan born and raised in Tyler, Texas. She graduated from John Tyler High School and attended St. Mary’s Baptist Church. She currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Michael (a West Point graduate) and her children, Bowie (12) and Elenor (7). They are members of Life Austin Church. They are still looking for the perfect dog.


DanBongino.jpgDan Bongino 

Maryland's (6th Congressional District)

Dan began his career with the NYPD in 1995 as a member of the pattern identification unit, specializing in the identification of serial criminals, and became a full time police officer in 1997, where he graduated with honors from the Police Academy.

Dan proudly joined the ranks of the U.S. Secret Service in 1999 as a special agent in the New York Office where he was assigned to investigate computer crimes, bank fraud, and credit card fraud. His early career was marked by a number of investigative successes earning Dan a Department of Justice recognition award.

Dan moved to Maryland in 2002 to become an instructor at the Secret Service training academy. Dan was awarded a number of commendations for his work in redesigning the investigative curriculum to reflect current investigative trends.

In 2006, Dan entered into duty with the elite Presidential Protective Division in the administration of President George W. Bush. Dan distinguished himself by becoming one of the earliest tenured agents to be given responsibility for an operational section of the protective detail. Dan remained on protective duty during the change in administration to President Barack Obama, quickly becoming the highest ranking member of his operational shift of agents. With this distinction came greater responsibility and Dan rose to the challenge. He was designated as the lead agent responsible for the coordination of President Obama’s visits to Prague, Jakarta, amongst a myriad of terror threats, and finally as the lead agent responsible for his visit to an active war zone in Afghanistan. Dan was awarded a series of commendations and left the protective detail as one of their most distinguished agents.

After completing the maximum time served allowed on presidential protection duty in 2010, Dan chose to stay in Maryland, transferring to the Baltimore Office. There, he immediately made an impact on the community by breaking up one of the largest fraud rings in Maryland’s history.

Upon resigning from the Secret Service in 2011, Dan began a grassroots campaign for the U.S. Senate against the feared Maryland Democratic machine. Despite overwhelming odds, Dan defeated nine opponents in the Republican primary. Dan finished second in a three-­‐way race in the general election and continues to act as an activist within the community.

Dan is currently married with two young children. His wife Paula is a web-­design consultant. Dan is a consultant specializing in international security and corporate strategy. He has earned master’s degrees in both psychology and business administration. He has provided subject matter expertise and commentary for the following media outlets: WND, the NBC Nightly News, the CBS Early Show, the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, the Discovery Channel, the Travel Channel, the Military Channel, the Sean Hannity Show, the Mark Levin Show, the Thom Hartmann Show, GBTV, Breitbart TV, the Dennis Miller Show, the Glenn Beck Show, America’s Morning News, the Lars Larson Show, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Washington Examiner, the Baltimore Sun, NewsMax, National Review, the Huffington Post, RedState and others.


Erika-Harold-jpg.jpgErika Harold

Illinois (13th Congressional District)

Erika was born and raised in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and graduated from Urbana High School. Having grown up surrounded by the Orange and Blue, Erika decided to attend college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she majored in Political Science. She graduated from the U of I in 2001 as a Phi Beta Kappa inductee and a Chancellor’s Scholar.  

Erika then applied to and was accepted by several law schools, including Harvard Law School. Lacking the funds, however, to pay for law school, Erika decided to compete in the Miss America Organization to attempt to earn the scholarship money necessary to pay for law school. Erika went on to be crowned Miss Illinois 2002 and Miss America 2003, earning thousands of dollars in scholarships along the way. 

As Miss America 2003, Erika promoted the platform Preventing Youth Violence and Bullying, sharing with more than 100,000 students her own experience of overcoming bullying. She also helped to elevate the public’s consciousness of the effects of bullying, discussing peer-to-peer harassment on television shows such as Good Morning America and The Today Show and helping to release Fight Crime, Invest in Kids’ bullying prevention report at the National Press Club. In recognition of her advocacy, Erika was named one of Fight Crime, Invest in Kids’ “Champions for Children” and received a leadership award from the National Center for Victims of Crime. During her year as Miss America, Erika also championed the Children’s Miracle Network and the USO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving America’s troops. 

During the summer of 2004, Erika became involved in President Bush’s re-election campaign, serving on the national steering committee of W Stands for Women and participating in an outreach to African-American business and community leaders. Erika also served as an Illinois delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention, where she was a featured speaker on the importance of faith-based and community initiatives. 

Following her national advocacy tour and after having deferred her enrollment in order to complete her year as Miss America, Erika entered Harvard Law School. Erika graduated debt-free from Harvard in 2007 (thanks to the scholarships earned as Miss America) and won a Boykin C. Wright Memorial Award for her appellate advocacy in Harvard’s prestigious Ames Moot Court Competition. 

Upon graduating from law school, Erika worked as an attorney in the litigation groups of Sidley Austin LLP and Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. Erika represented businesses in commercial disputes and advised religious institutions in matters involving First Amendment protections. She also was active in the law firms’ respective pro bono efforts, teaching students about the U.S. legal system as part of the Lawyers in the Classroom program and coaching a team of high school students in the City-Wide Mock Trial Competition. Erika currently is an attorney at Meyer Capel, Champaign County’s largest law firm.

Erika also serves on the board of directors of Prison Fellowship, the national outreach to prisoners and their families founded by the late Chuck Colson. Erika has presented faith-based messages in prisons such as Louisiana State Penitentiary (the men’s maximum security prison also known as “Angola”) and Central California Women's Facility, speaking to women on California’s death row. Additionally, Erika is a spokesperson for Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree, a program that provides Christmas gifts to children who have an incarcerated parent. Erika was honored by Athena International as its 2011 Global ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Recipient.

Erika lives in Urbana and is the doting Auntie of one adorable niece and two high-energy nephews.


shamed_Dogan_.jpgShamed Dogan

Missouri State House of Representatives (98th District)

Shamed Dogan was born and raised in North St. Louis County and graduated from Yale University in 2000. He has long been an advocate of conservative values and political causes.

In 2002, he worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, conducting opposition research that helped Republicans take back the majority in the U.S. Senate.

He then served for three years as a legislative assistant to Senator Jim Talent, where he helped to write federal “Pass with Care” legislation and advised the Senator on transportation, immigration, 2nd Amendment rights, and other issues.

Since 2011, Dogan has served as an alderman representing Ballwin’s 2nd Ward. In that role, he has fought to oppose no-bid contracting and to support greater transparency in city government. He lives in Ballwin with his wife, Sara, and their two children.


tw_shannon.jpgT.W. Shannon

Oklahoma (US Senate)

A champion for limited government, T.W. Shannon first was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2006 from his hometown of Lawton.

Chosen by his Republican House colleagues, T.W. became Oklahoma’s youngest and first African American House speaker. He is also an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation.

When T.W. became speaker of the House in Oklahoma, he advocated for policies that could break the devastating cycle of government dependency, instead helping people move toward self-reliance. He understands the key to helping people who are dependent on government assistance restore their dignity is to break the cycle of generational poverty. He continues to be a leading voice in Oklahoma politics for State’s rights, and has been coined by many “the most conservative Speaker in State History.”

T.W. has worked hard to shrink the size of state government and reduce the state’s debt. He led the way to lower income tax rates so people could keep more of what they earn. He insisted that the state sell its underutilized assets. He authored the monumental workers compensation reform which saves businesses millions of dollars. He also authored welfare reform which adds work requirements for healthy food stamp recipients.

GOPAC recently recognized T.W. by adding this proud Oklahoman to its advisory board. The Republican National Committee recently named Shannon one of its “Rising Stars.”

Shannon has reliably supported pro-life legislation. He has participated in the Pro-Family Legislators Conference, sponsored by historian David Barton’s WallBuilders organization.

T.W. earned a bachelor of arts in communications from Cameron University and holds a juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University Law School. He worked as a field representative for former Congressman J.C. Watts and served Congressman Tom Cole in the same position after he won the seat. At a young age fresh out of college, T.W. served as the chief administrative officer for the Chickasaw Nation, one of the most prosperous Native American tribes in the country.

T.W has been married to his college sweetheart, Devon, for 12 years and they have two children, Audrey Grace and T.W. II.


TStrickland.jpgTony Strickland 

California (25th Congressional District)

Tony Strickland often points to his two children, Ruby Ruth and Tiny Tony, as the prime motivation behind his commitment to public service.  An independent minded leader, Tony works tirelessly to ensure his children, and ours, are given the same opportunities he was given growing up in Ventura County.

That mindset was instilled in Tony at a young age by his father, Sergeant First Class Donald Strickland, an Army drill sergeant who fought in Korea and Vietnam, and his mother Antonie, an émigré from Germany.  The notion that every generation must leave their community better than they found it guides Tony to this day.

First elected to the California State Assembly in 1998, Tony built a reputation as a conservative leader and as an advocate for lower taxes and smaller government.

Tony made his mark during the energy crisis of 2001 by filing a lawsuit against then-Governor Gray Davis on behalf of energy ratepayers. Strickland’s suit ultimately forced the Davis Administration to reveal the outrageously expensive energy contracts it had negotiated in secret between the State of California and companies like Enron.  Many credit Tony’s role in exposing the ratepayer rip off as a key part of recalling Davis as Governor. As a result of his leadership Tony was elected GOP Caucus Chair by his colleagues, and charged with driving the Republican agenda in the State Assembly.

After three terms in the State Assembly, Tony felt like there was still more work to do, so he campaigned for a seat in the State Senate. Being elected as a conservative in a Democrat district during the Obama election of 2008, speaks to Tony’s ability to stand firm behind economic policies that help working families.  In the State Senate, Tony was named Assistant GOP Leader and played a lead role in efforts to place a hard cap on state spending, to reform California’s unsustainable pension system, and fight to roll back overreaching regulations to put people back to work.

A respected conservative leader, Tony helped co-found the Club for Growth in California to support candidates whose top priorities are to ensure that the government limit spending and who support economic policies designed to create jobs. As Senator, Strickland formed the Taxpayer Caucus as a way to bring the fight to the liberals in the legislature.

In addition to his elective service, Tony has a long history of volunteer service with local organizations throughout our region; from serving on the board of the Boy Scouts and the Boys and Girls Club to serving as an Advisory Committee Member of Food Share and serves on the Board of the Coalition for Family Harmony, which provides services to victims of domestic and family violence. He also serves on the board of Surepath Financial, a non-profit organization that helps families get out of debt.

Having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Whittier College, Tony’s work was recognized by his alma mater by bestowing him with its Leadership and Service Award. He currently serves as a visiting scholar legislator at USC’s Jess Unruh School of Politics where he teaches and mentors students interested in public service.  He has been married to his wife Audra for 17 years.


Bill_Cassidy_.jpgBill Cassidy 

Louisiana (US Senate)

Congressman Bill Cassidy is a lifelong public servant.  He is a physician, a teacher, a community leader, father, and husband.

As an associate professor of medicine with Louisiana State University, Bill has provided care for uninsured patients and taught doctors in training at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge for the last twenty years.

Bill co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, a clinic providing free dental and health care to the working uninsured.  Bill also created a private-public partnership to vaccinate 36,000 greater Baton Rouge area children against Hepatitis B at no cost to the schools or parents.  In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Bill led a group of health care volunteers to convert an abandoned K-Mart building into an emergency health care facility, providing basic health care to hurricane evacuees.

Raised in Baton Rouge, Bill is the fourth son of Jim and Betty Cassidy.  He attended Tara High School, LSU and LSU Medical School.  His brothers are Jim, David and Steve. 

He is married to Laura Cassidy, who is a retired general surgeon specializing in breast cancer.  Bill and Laura attend church at the Chapel on the Campus and they have three children.

Before his election to serve Louisiana's Sixth District in the House of Representatives, Bill served in the Louisiana State Senate.

In the U.S. House, Bill serves on the Energy & Commerce Committee and its subcommittees on Health; Energy and Power; and Environment and the Economy.  He serves as an Assistant Whip for the House Republican Conference.  His legislative focus is health care and energy.


Sakima-Brown-headshot-635490670852352000.jpgSakima Green-Brown  

New York State Assembly (104th District)

Sakima Green-Brown, a Poughkeepsie native, has always strived to serve her country and community. Her parents, Dazell and Lorraine Green, taught her to dream big. When in third grade, Sakima made it her goal to attend West Point. From then on, she’s been dreaming big, setting goals and developing plans to achieve them. She has never settled for less, and neither should the residents of the 104th Assembly District.

Dreaming big led to Sakima graduating West Point and forging a path for women in military leadership positions as an Army Captain during the Iraq War. She also worked on humanitarian relief efforts in Central America. As a veteran, she serves as the first female commander of the VFW, District 2.

After dutifully serving our country, Sakima returned home to help her family and serve her community. She started her own business, which has been in operation for over 8 years. Later, she focused her attention on improving the education of her daughters, Roshauna (14) and Jordan (4), and other children in Poughkeepsie. She served on the City of Poughkeepsie School Board and finished her tenure as its first African-American president.

Afterward, Sakima chose to serve as a school family advocate so she could work closely with children, parents, and teachers to improve educational success rates for students in Poughkeepsie. Additionally, she volunteers with R.E.A.L. Skills, an afterschool enrichment program; the Exempt Firemen’s Association; and other organizations.


 

Corey_Gardner.jpgCory Gardner 

Colorado (4th Congressional District)

Congressman Cory Gardner has been a leading conservative voice in Colorado where he served in the state legislature for five years prior to being elected to Congress to represent the state’s 4th Congressional District.

Always an advocate for limited government and lower taxes, Cory is never one to shy away from tough choices. His first order of business after being sworn-in as a member of the United States House of Representatives was to co-sponsor a balanced budget amendment. 

Since first getting elected to Congress in 2010, Cory has introduced and passed legislation to expand the development of the nation’s domestic energy resources, which he believes is essential to our national security.  He is a primary advocate for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will create tens of thousands of high paying jobs.  Cory has also introduced legislation to help small businesses grow and families save for college. 

Cory has always been a strong voice for rural families and small business.  He has earned a reputation for fighting onerous government regulations that hurt farmers and hinder job growth.  After growing up in the arid west, Cory has also become a leading voice in the campaign to build more water storage to support our growing communities and the nation’s agricultural industry. 

As a member of Congress, Cory serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction ranging over national energy policy to interstate and foreign communications.

Cory graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, moving on to law school at the University of Colorado to earn his Juris Doctor. Prior to joining the House of Representatives, Cory served as General Counsel and Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Wayne Allard. Cory has also worked for the National Corn Growers Association.


glo_smith.jpgGlo Smith  

Florida (5th Congressional District)

Growing up in the poorest part of Jacksonville, Glo was no stranger to poverty as a child. Before her mother remarried, their large family was living off a single mother’s salary and was dependent upon government assistance. For years, Glo’s mother relied on government provisions and commodities to feed and care for her children. Regardless of the financial hardship, Glo was determined to succeed, and with the moral support of her family and church, Glo graduated from Ribault High School and was inspired to establish her career as a public servant.

Glo obtained a Master’s of Business Administration degree and launched a 30-year career in public service and entrepreneurship. As an entrepreneur, Glo started a small business. In an effort to help others succeed, she developed curriculum for the University of North Florida’s Small Business Resource Center. With her guidance, the program established high-quality childcare businesses in low-income areas of Northeast Florida, empowering the community economically.

More than 29 years ago, Glo met and married her husband Michael, a retired Florida State Trooper. Michael currently serves as an investigator for the State Attorney’s Office where he spends part of his time helping victims of crime. With his background in law enforcement and her background in social service, the couple has a complimentary passion for helping others by equipping them with the tools and resources they need to succeed. With a heart for at-risk youth, they both support diversion programs within the criminal justice system that steer at-risk youth away from making bad decisions that affect their future.

Glo and Michael have four children. Their eldest child, Michael Jr., is a graduate of UF College of Engineering, and is now employed by PCL Construction. Cassandra is graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law. Christopher is a sophomore in college, and Vanessa is a high school freshman. The family attends First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, and Michael and Glo are active members involved in the middle school ministry at church.


corrogan-r-vaughn.jpgCorrogan R. Vaughn   

Maryland (7th Congressional District)

Corrogan R. Vaughn was raised in a family of strong faith and conservative family values. His father, Rev. Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn, was honored as the first recipient of the Rosa Parks’ Medal of Freedom in 1989 and was Corrogan's first mentor. His father and mother, Dr. Lillian Purnell Vaughn, taught him to be a passionate and faithful servant of the community.

Corrogan attended Baltimore Public Schools - Callaway Elementary, Greenspring Junior High and Northwestern Senior High. From there, he went on to Virginia University of Lynchburg to complete a Bachelor of Science in Business.

Corrogan demonstrated his strong work ethic at US Airways. Even after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, Corrogan went on to achieve his pilot’s license. He is a cancer survivor.

All of his life, Corrogan has worked in faith-based organizations, such as the Progressive National Baptist Convention. He was the first lay leader to be elected as First Vice President of the Convention for the State of Maryland, where he pushed a more active role in voter registration. In addition, during Hurricane Katrina, Corrogan was selected to the Leadership Team of the PNBC, to serve on multiple occasions in the disaster area of the gulf.

In addition, serving earlier on the Political Action Concern Board of the Convention, Corrogan has been a leader and servant to underprivileged children and their families, as well as those incarcerated and their families.

Politically over the years, Corrogan has worked on numerous campaigns including that of Gov. Robert L. Erhlich, Jr. and Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in 2002. Assisting many candidates throughout the state has helped Corrogan develop a better understanding for representing the TRUE citizens of Maryland, as well as their needs and the REAL issues facing Maryland citizens from Oakland to Ocean City, from Garrett County to St. Mary’s County, and from Cecil County to Somerset County .

Currently, Corrogan serves as a Deacon and Lay Leader at Sharon Baptist Church. He also serves as an Executive Board Member for the largest interfaith organization in the world, the Hampton Ministers Conference and Music Guild.


EdGillespiere.jpgEd Gillespie   

Virginia (US Senate)

An Alexandria communications consultant and former White House aide, Gillespie has spent his career fighting for conservative principles of limited, effective government and personal liberty that help make life better and more prosperous for Virginians.

He has fought to make sure that the American Dream that brought his father to this country continues to be in reach for future generations.He and his wife Cathy have raised their three children, John, Carrie and Mollie, near George Washington’s Mt. Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia. Their family includes two Jack Russell Terriers: Sunny and Skye. 


Larry_Hogan.jpgLarry Hogan   

Maryland (Governor)

Larry Hogan is not a career politician. He is a small businessman, a concerned citizen, and a lifelong Marylander who loves this state.

Hogan is the Founder, President, and CEO of The Hogan Companies, a leader in economic development for over 25 years, and has brought hundreds of businesses and thousands of jobs to Maryland. He clearly understands how government policy can have an impact on business growth and job creation.

Always a concerned citizen, Hogan also understands state government. He took a leave from his company to serve as a State Cabinet Secretary from 2003 to 2007. During this time, Hogan was involved in the appointment of people to all three branches of government and responsible for making the Ehrlich-Steele administration the most bipartisan, most inclusive, most diverse administration in Maryland history.

After the 2010 elections, Hogan could no longer sit on the sidelines and watch the failed policies of the current administration. In order to provide Marylanders with the opportunity to hold their elected officials accountable, Hogan founded Change Maryland, which has quickly grown into the largest non-partisan grassroots organization in the state. As chairman and founder, Larry Hogan has been the leader in the effort to change the dialogue in Annapolis.

Larry and his wife, Yumi - an artist, teacher, and first-generation Korean-American - reside in Edgewater, MD. They have three daughters and are active in many volunteer civic and charitable organizations.


boyd-rutherford_s600x600.jpgBoyd Rutherford   

Maryland (Lt. Governor)

Boyd Rutherford is an accomplished attorney with a lifetime of experiences in both the private and public sectors. He has served as Associate Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration, where he was responsible for increasing utilization of small businesses in government procurement, as well as continually improving the efficiency of the agency. 

In addition, Boyd served as Assistant Secretary for Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and was nominated for the position by President George W. Bush and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. As Assistant Secretary, Boyd led efforts that saved millions of taxpayer dollars.

Prior to serving with the USDA, Boyd served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services under Governor Bob Ehrlich. In this capacity, Boyd was responsible for more than $900 million in annual contract administration and 10 million square feet of State-owned and leased facilities. As Secretary of the DGS, Boyd found creative ways to save Maryland taxpayers millions, while also initiating and completing the expansion and renovation of numerous state buildings.

In addition to his public service, Boyd has extensive legal and business experience including service in the fields of information technology sales, law, and small & minority business development. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in economic and political science from Howard University, as well as a law degree and Master's Degree in communications management from the University of Southern California.

Boyd currently resides in Columbia, Maryland with his wife, Monica. They have three adult children.


Max Miller-Hooks

Nevada State Assembly (5th District)

Max Miller-Hooks embodies the idea of opportunity in America.  From humble roots, Max got his start in life by taking the opportunity to sell products door to door, and eventually starting a small business.  As he experienced success, he never forgot where he came from, and spends countless hours helping and organizing efforts to help make our community a better place.

While Max is passionate about the idea that he is his ‘brother’s keeper’, he is almost as passionate about the idea that the government is not best suited to that role.  While there is a place for government in dealing with problems like poverty, crime, and illness, he believes strongly that it is not the government’s role to grow increasingly larger and stifle the liberty, independence, and opportunity to dream that is what made our nation the most prosperous in the world.

Max has organized many numerous community events such as community makeovers and anti-drug campaigns throughout Southern Nevada. Max currently serves on the Nevada State Board of Rehabilitation and has set as a co-chair of the intervention committee of the Southern Nevada Community Gang Task Force. Max has been involved also with many multicultural organizations such as the Asian American Group where he was the Community Outreach Coordinator for many years. Also as someone whose drive to the basket is as strong as his drive to make the community better, Max organizes basketball tournaments and mentors young players, and is as competitive a player as he is an organizer.

Max and his wife, Jennifer, currently have 6 children, including three adopted children and one foster child.  Over the past 6 years, Max and Jennifer have provided a safe and loving home for dozens of children through Clark County’s foster care system.

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