Diversity within the Republican party has been a huge talking point for years now, but can the GOP step up their game? If these young ladies are any indication, we should be just fine.
#1. Elise Stefanik – New York, age 29
Elise graduated from Harvard with honors before serving on the Domestic Policy Council Staff and in the Chief of Staff’s office working on policy council and development. She served as the Director of Vice Presidential Debate Prep to Paul Ryan, the Policy Director of the 2012 Republican National Platform, the Director of Communications for …you get the point.
Not only does she have a stellar resumé unlike some other politicians in Washington that live in white houses, but after finishing her work under President Bush she left DC, returning to the North Country in order to help grow her family owned lumber business.
And things are really looking good for Elise. Sitting Democratic Rep. Bill Owens has dropped out of the race and into retirement, reportedly because he didn’t want to have to deal with lackluster funding and an increasingly competitive Stefanik, who is posed to turn New York’s 21st seat from blue to red.
#2. Mia Love – Utah, age 38
Her story is like a Disney fairy tale, but for Conservatives and without all the subtle sexual references. After taking on second jobs, sometimes even cleaning toilets just to pay for school, Mia’s father gave her this amazing advice:
“Mia, your mother and I never took a handout. You will not be a burden to society. You will give back.”
Since then she served two terms on the Saratoga Springs City Council and was then elected Mayor, a position that she still holds today. She’s navigated the city through 1700% population growth, moderated tax reforms that ensured government accountability, and created cost-cutting measures that reduced the city’s budget shortfall by more than 75 percent.
In 2012, Mia lost a tight House of Representatives race by just 768 votes. She decided to run again this year and is highly favored to win because her platform is based on limited government, fiscal discipline and personal responsibility.
#3. Marilinda Garcia, age 30
Marilinda graduated cum laude from Tufts University in 2006 and received her Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in Salem, NH. She was elected to the New Hampshire State House of Representatives and has served as co-chairman of the Republican Caucus.
She has been designated a “Rising Star” by the RNC and one of the “45 Most Influential Women Under 45″ by the Republican Security Council. She is committed to assisting conservative women, African Americans, and Americans of Hispanic and Asian Descent in obtaining political office.
Marilinda will face former state Senator Gary Lambert in the Republican primary. If she wins the nomination, she will take on incumbent Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, whose poll numbers haven’t been faring too well.