The National Republican Congressional Committee announced today that eight GOP House candidates are one step closer to earning the committee's top-tier Young Guns status.
Those eight candidates progressed to the Contender level, the third step in the four-step Young Guns program. The candidates must meet district-specific benchmarks to move through the program, which gives fundraising and infrastructure assistance.
The new Contenders are:
- Colusa County Supervisor Kim Vann, the leading Republican challenging Rep. John Garamendi in California's 3rd district;
- Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione, running in California's 41st district, a new seat;
- Brewery executive Joe Coors, challenging Rep. Ed Perlmutter in Colorado's 7th district;
- Attorney Ben Lange, challenging Rep. Bruce Braley in Iowa's 1st district;
- John Deere senior counsel John Archer, running to take on Rep. Dave Loebsack in Iowa's 2nd district;
- Real estate developer Dan Dolan, also running to take on Loebsack;
- State Sen. David Rouzer, challenging Rep. Mike McIntyre in North Carolina's 7th district; and
- Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, challenging Rep. Louise Slaughter in New York's 25th district.
The Vanguard candidates are:
- Former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks, the GOP nominee in Indiana's 5th district;
- Former Indiana Republican Party Executive Director Luke Messer, the GOP nominee in Indiana's 6th district;
- Former Republican National Committee Co-Chairwoman Ann Wagner, the likely GOP nominee in Missouri's 2nd district;
- State Rep. Scott Perry, the GOP nominee in Pennsylvania's 4th district;
- Retired trucking executive Howard Wallack and author Chris Stewart, running in Utah's 2nd district.