GROW Elect Actively Recruiting Candidates for Local Offices Across California Attention November 2014 Candidates: The candidate filing period for November 2014 elections across California opens today. The GROW Elect team is already advising and preparing candidates who have expressed an interest in running for public office in November.We are looking for additional candidates. If you are a Latino Republican who is running, thinking about running, or have always wanted to seek office but didn’t know how to get started, then please email us at, if you know of a Latino Republican who you think would make a great candidate for local office, please also let us know. We are here to help. First-time candidates can often find themselves overwhelmed and the experienced GROW Elect team will help candidates navigate through the do’s and don’ts of campaigning. Working together, we will help to grow the Republican Party in California.Final Election Results: Bonnie Garcia Advances While Rudy Mendoza & Mario A. Guerra Score Impressive Showings 

The Secretary of State’s office completed and finalized election results last week and they offered encouraging news for GROW Elect’s legislative candidates. Former Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia advanced to the “Top Two” run-off for the 28thSenate District and now has the edge for the general election. Woodlake Mayor Rudy Mendoza scored 40.3% of the vote, 20 points ahead of his closest competitor, and is the heavy favorite to win the 26th Assembly District in November. Downey City Councilman Mario A. Guerra earned significant attention for capturing 44.5% in the 32nd Senate District, a lead of almost 13 percent over his closest opponent.

Freshman Latino Republican Assemblyman Eric Linder had a Democrat write-in opponent qualify for the November ballot and he is now in a competitive race. GROW Elect has already “double-maxed” in this race, making the maximum contribution to Assemblyman Linder for both the primary and the general election. GROW Elect will also be supporting Pedro Rios in the 32nd District, who made a strong showing while the incumbent in that seat was held below 44% of the vote. The California GOP is now poised to double or even triple the number of Latino Republicans in the State Legislature after the November elections.

Suzanne Fuentes Becomes First Hispanic Mayor of El Segundo

City Councilwoman Suzanne Fuentes, a GROW Elect candidate who was the top vote getter in the most recent municipal election, has been selected by her colleagues as the new Mayor of El Segundo. Suzanne is the first Hispanic, first Latina, and only the second woman to serve as Mayor of El Segundo. She has earned a reputation as a well-respected, hard-working and effective civic leader who is a tireless advocate for her city. Congratulations to Suzanne for this latest honor and recognition of her service.Congratulations to new Assembly Republican Leader-Elect Kristin Olsen
California Assembly Republicans have selected Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Modesto as the new GOP Leader to succeed Assemblywoman Connie Conway after the November elections. Congratulations to Assemblywoman Olsen, a young and dynamic conservative leader who is widely respected. She is truly one of our party’s rising stars. In one of her first media interviews after her selection as GOP Leader, Assemblywoman Olsen said, “We want to embrace the diversity of our state…” The interview is here: Elect looks forward to working closely with Kristin Olsen, as we have with Assembly Leader Conway and Senate GOP Leader Bob Huff, to rebuild the GOP in California.Assemblyman Chavez Challenges Partisan Exclusion from Legislature’s Latino CaucusRepublican Assemblyman Rocky Chavez’s exclusion from the Legislature’s Latino Caucus for partisan reasons has generated considerable controversy and media attention. The Assemblyman has questioned the use of taxpayer dollars and legislative staff for a legislative organization that excludes him simply because he is a Republican. Senator Joel Anderson has called for an investigation. GROW Elect applauds Assemblyman Chavez for making the point that there is a greater diversity of opinions within the Latino community. Here is the L.A. Times’ coverage of the controversy: