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Jaci Agustin For House 34: “16 in 16” Races To Watch in America by the RSLC.

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) debuted its third round of “16 in ’16: Races to Watch.” Announced in partnership with the RSLC’s Future Majority Project (FMP) and Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) initiatives, the list released today reflects 16 impressive Republican women and diverse candidates running for state-level office this year. The individuals highlighted are well-respected local leaders hailing from 16 states, who serve their communities as educators, small business owners, grassroots activists, and more. 

“Since 2012, FMP and RWRN have led the charge in recruiting and supporting qualified, conservative candidates who represent the full diversity of the communities they seek to serve,” said RSLC President Matt Walter. “In that time, 229 new women and 73 new diverse individuals have been elected with RSLC support, and with candidates such as those featured today, I have no doubt we will continue to grow that number in November. Nearly 6,000 state legislative seats will be up for grabs on Election Day, in addition to 10 lieutenant governor and nine secretaries of state offices, and our  “16 in ’16” list illustrates the caliber of our candidates at large — candidates who we will support as they go on to run, win and serve their communities in the government closest to home.” 

RSLC “16 in ’16: Races to Watch”, Round Three

More on each candidate, including bio, headshot and campaign website can be found here.

  • Marilyn Stewart – Alaska House District 21 
  • Ling Ling Chang – California Senate District 29
  • Katy Brown – Colorado House District 3
  • Rosy Palomino – Florida House District 112
  • Jaci Agustin – Hawaii House District 34 
  • Bonnie Sadler – Iowa Senate District 30
  • Wendy Fletcher – Kentucky House District 99
  • Sue Allor – Michigan House District 106
  • Tracy Nelson – Minnesota House 42B
  • Jill Tolles – Nevada Assembly District 25 
  • Sharon Stover – New Mexico House District 43   
  • Ryan Martinez – Oklahoma House District 39
  • Patti Milne – Oregon House District 22
  • John Lujan – Texas House District 118
  • Ramiro Valderrama – Washington House District 45A
  • Julian Bradley – Wisconsin Assembly District 94

Today’s announcement follows on the heels of rounds one and two of the RSLC’s “16 in ’16: Races to Watch,” released in September. Candidates highlighted in the RSLC’s “14 in ‘14” and “15 in ‘15” lists were instrumental in building new majorities, and went on to win seats in 34 chambers in 30 states, including 4 statewide offices, helping to grow Republican ranks to a record 69 out of 99 legislative chamber majorities, 32 lieutenant governors, and 28 secretaries of state.

From homeless In Hilo to a crown

Mrs. HawaiiAs children, Agustin and Schock were being raised by their single mom in Montana when the three set out for the tropics. Once in Hilo, Mom tried to better their lives by enrolling in college, but with two young children in tow and no steady income, she quickly found herself struggling to make ends meet. At the age of 6, Jaci and family found themselves living on the beach out of a Volkswagen van for a few months.

“We were on food stamps, and I knew we were poor. I remember thinking my mom was probably hungry at times, so I would take the school lunch, put it in my pocket and save it for her,” says Agustin.

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