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NRCC Adds 11 Candidates to First Tier of Young Guns Program

Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee named 11 additional Republican candidates to the first tier of its “Young Guns” program Thursday.  

“These 11 candidates have demonstrated they have the skills and experience needed to help strengthen our country and right the wrongs of the Obama administration,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., said in a statement provided first to Roll Call. “I am confident these candidates will work hard and run tough and effective campaigns in 2016.”  

The NRCC announced the first of these “On the Radar” candidates in November. That crop included a range of hopefuls, from repeat candidate Stewart Mills, who ran in Minnesota’s 8th District in 2014, and first-time congressional candidate Pam Galloway, who’s running in Indiana’s 3rd District. The program includes Republicans running against each other in the same district.  

Candidates can move up to “Contenders,” and finally, to the highest level in the three-level program, “Young Guns.” Candidates in the program receive “the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns,” the NRCC said.  

“The program requires its candidates to work towards specific goals and meet benchmarks throughout the year to ensure their campaigns remain competitive, well-funded and communicative within their districts,” according to the NRCC.  

The additional 11 candidates include:

California’s 7th District: Scott Jones
California’s 31st District: Sean Flynn
Indiana’s 9th District: Trey Hollingsworth
Illinois’ 8th District: Pete DiCianni
Maryland’s 3rd District: Mark Plaster
Michigan’s 1st District: Tom Casperson
Michigan’s 1st District: Jason Allen
New York’s 3rd District: Jack Martins
New York’s 22nd District: George Phillips
New York’s 22nd District: Steve Wells
Pennsylvania’s 8th District: Brian Fitzpatrick

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