2018 Candidates

2018 Guardian Fund Candidates


Incumbent Candidates



Rep. Martha McSally, Senate-AZ

Martha was elected in 2014, after retiring in 2010 as a full Colonel in the United States Air Force. During her 26-year military career, she deployed six times to the Middle East and Afghanistan, flying 325 combat hours and earning a Bronze Star and six air medals.

For more information on Martha McSally and her race, please visit his website: https://mcsallyforsenate.com/

 


Scott Perry, PA-10
Perry began his 38-year military service when he enlisted in 1980. He’s commanded at the company, battalion and brigade levels; notably, then-Lieutenant Colonel Perry commanded the 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, which deployed to Iraq from 2009-2010, during which he also flew 44 combat missions. In 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel, became Commander of the Fort Indiantown Gap National Training Site, and was selected to attend the coveted United States Army War College, from which he earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies. Perry was privileged to be selected for promotion to the rank of Brigadier General in 2014, and served as the Assistant Division Commander of the 28th Infantry Division, the Army’s oldest, actively serving Division. He presently serves in the position of Assistant Adjutant General, Joint Forces Headquarters, Pennsylvania National Guard.

For more information on Scott Perry and his race, please visit his website: www.patriotsforperry.com


Jeff Denham, CA-10
U.S. Representative Jeff Denham is a Valley farmer, small businessman, and veteran, first elected to Congress in 2010. Jeff served on active and reserve status in the U.S. Air Force for 16 years. He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal for his service in Operation Desert Storm (Iraq) and Operation Restore Hope (Somalia). Jeff was awarded the “Order of California” for exceptional meritorious service by the California National Guard, the highest award given for distinguished service.

For more information on Jeff Denham and his race, please visit his website: jeffdenham.com


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Clay Higgins, LA-3

Clay Higgins is an Army veteran and served six years with the Military Police Corps. After his military service, Higgins served as the police captain and public information officer for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana. Captain Higgins has become one of the nation’s most influential cops. He is best know for recording a series of vides encouraging criminals to turn themselves in. His hard-hitting tough-on-crime videos earned him the nickname “The Cajun John Wayne.” He speaks regularly to law enforcement agencies across America on. He is currently running in a runoff election to be held on December 10, 2016 for Louisiana’s open 3rd Congressional District seat.

For more information on Clay Higgins and his race, please visit his website: captainhiggins.com


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Jack Bergman, MI-1

Jack Bergman rose through the ranks of the Marine Corps to eventually retire as a three-star general. During his time in the Marine Corps, he served as commanding general of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North, we well as a naval aviator. Following retirement, Jack Bergman worked as a pilot for Northwest Airlines and his own business in the medical equipment field.

For more information on Jack Bergman and his race, please visit his website: http://www.bergmanforcongress.com/


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Lee Zeldin, NY-1 

Lee Zeldin spent four years on active duty with the U.S. Army serving as a military intelligence officer, federal prosecutor, and military magistrate. In 2006, Lee deployed to Iraq with the elite 82nd Airborne Division. Lee currently serves in the Army Reserves, where the rank of Major. In 2014, Lee was elected to the United States Congress, ousting a twelve-year incumbent in one of the nation’s most competitive House races. The only Jewish Republican in Congress, Lee co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus, and serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Veterans Affairs Committee, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Additionally, he sits on seven subcommittees also serving as Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation.

For more information on Lee Zeldin and his race, please visit his website: http://www.zeldinforcongress.com/


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Warren Davidson, OH-8 

Warren Davidson enlisted in the Army, later earning an appointment to West Point. Warren distinguished himself by finishing in the top ten percent of his class. On active duty, Warren’s reputation as an Army officer was stellar, earning him positions in distinguished units: The Old Guard, The 75th Ranger Regiment, and the 101st Airborne Division. As an Army Ranger, Warren is proud to have served with our nation’s most elite soldiers. In 2000, Warren returned to his Ohio roots to help his father transform the family manufacturing business. As part of that reshaping, Warren started another business and earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, graduating with honors. Warren champions conservative Republican values with integrity, a thoughtful, well-developed intellect, and a sincere Christian faith.

For more information on Warren Davidson and his race, please visit his website: https://www.davidsonforcongress.com


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Mia Love, UT-4 

Mia Love was elected to Congress in 2014 to represent Utah’s 4th district. Love is the first Haitian-American and the first black female Republican to be elected to Congress. She is also Utah’s first black representative in Congress. Mia is a nationally recognized advocate for her conservative positions on limited government, increased citizen liberties, limited restraints on business and personal accountability.

For more information on Mia Love and his race, please visit his website: http://www.mialove.com/

 


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Carlos Curbelo, FL-26 

Carlos Curbelo was born in Miami to Cuban exiles who fled Fidel Castro’s tyranny in the 1960s. Carlos was elected to Congress in 2014 to represent Florida’s 26th district. Since being elected, Carlos has worked with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to improve the quality of life for the people of South Florida and to build a stronger nation for future generations.

For more information on Carlos Curbelo and his race, please visit his website: http://carloscurbelo.com/

 


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Rep Steve Russell, OK-5

Steve Russell graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a four-year Army ROTC scholarship, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army infantry. Russell served 21 years – seven of those being overseas – including operation deployment to Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. Russell is highly decorated, having received the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Additionally, his unit in Iraq was awarded the Valorous Unit Award for its role in the hunt and capture of Saddam Hussein. After defeating four opponents in one of the most contested races in the Oklahoma State Senate, he was then elected to represent Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

For more information on Steve Russell and his race, please visit his website: http://www.steverussellforcongress.com


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Brian Mast, FL-18

Brian Mast served in the United States Army for 12 years, where he served under Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) as a bomb disposal expert. During his service, he received the Bronze Star Medal, The Army Commendation Medal for Valor, The Purple Heart Medal, and The Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Following retirement from the Army, Mast continued his work in counter terrorism and national defense as an Explosive Specialist for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

For more information on Brian Mast and his race, please visit his website: http://www.mastforcongress.com



Ralph Abraham, LA-5

Dr. Ralph Abraham grew up in Northeast Louisiana and attended college at LSU. Married for 39 years, Ralph and his wife Dianne are the proud parents of three children. As a physician, Ralph has made several mission trips worldwide, and has used his skills as a pilot in the military auxiliary and to fly humanitarian missions. As your elected representative, Ralph will bring the tenacity needed to get the job done effectively and the compassion to make sure it is done morally right.

For more information on Ralph Abraham and his race, please visit his website: https://www.ralphabraham.com/



Brian Babin, TX-36

Dr. Babin served as an airborne artilleryman in the Texas Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve and held various jobs to put himself through school, including merchant seaman, janitor, musician, disc jockey and U.S. Post Office letter carrier. Following his graduation from dental school, Dr. Babin was commissioned as a Captain in the United States Air Force and stationed overseas at Ramstein, Germany.

For more information on Brian Babin and his race, please visit his website: http://www.babinforcongress.com/


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Don Bacon, NE-2

Don served in the Air Force for nearly 30 years, eventually retiring as a Brigadier General.  He served in intelligence, electronic warfare, reconnaissance and public affairs. He deployed four times during his career to the Middle East to include commanding an electronic warfare squadron during the invasion of Iraq and a year-long tour to Baghdad during the surge in 2007-2008. He won multiple awards during his time in the Air Force including the Distinguished Service Medal, two Legion of Merits, and two Bronze Stars. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Bellevue University.

For more information on Don Bacon and his race, please visit his website: http://donbacon2016.com/


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Dr. Neal Dunn, FL-2

Neal attended Washington & Lee University where he was honored as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He then attended George Washington University Medical School and completed his residency training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Following over ten years of service in the United States Army, Dr. Neal Dunn started his own Urology practice in Panama City.

For more information on Dr. Neal Dunn and his race, please visit his website: https://www.nealdunn.com/

 


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Scott Taylor, VA-2

Scott Taylor enlisted in the United States Navy and served with the SEALs for eight years. He served overseas in South and Central America in counternarcotics and foreign internal defense missions. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Taylor was a SEAL sniper and spent two years as a SEAL instructor teaching marksmanship and reconnaissance. After leaving the military, Taylor worked in security consulting and critical infrastructure protection. Taylor currently serves in the Virginia House of Delegates.

For more information on Scott Taylor and his race, please visit his website: https://scotttaylor.us


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Jim Banks, IN-3

A graduate of Indiana University, Jim Banks serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a supply corps officer. In 2014 and 2015, Banks took a leave of absence from the Indiana State Senate to deploy to Afghanistan during Operations Enduring Freedom and Freedom’s Sentinel. He received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his military leadership in Afghanistan. He currently serves in the Indiana State Senate as the Chairman of the Senate Veteran Affairs and the Military Committee.

For more information on Jim Banks and his race, please visit his website: http://jimbanks.us

 


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Mike Gallagher, WI-8

A Marine Corps veteran, Mike Gallagher served seven years on active duty as a Human Intelligence/Counterintelligence Officer and Regional Affairs Officer for the Middle East and North Africa. Earning the rank of Captain, he deployed twice to Iraq as a commander of intelligence teams. He also served as the lead Republican staffer for the Middle East, North Africa, and Counterterrorism on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He currently works in the private sector as the Senior Global Market Strategist at an energy and supply chain management company.

For more information on Mike Gallagher and his race, please visit his website: http://www.mikeforwisconsin.com


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Will Hurd, TX-23 

Born and raised in the Lone Star state, Will Hurd now represents Texas’s 23rd district in Congress. Will Hurd served in the front lines of The War on Terror as an undercover officer in the CIA for nearly a decade in dangerous missions based in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. With an unparalleled expertise of the Middle East, Hurd is a foremost Conservative voice in the War on Terror.

For more information on Will Hurd and his race, please visit his website: http://www.hurdforcongress.com/

 


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Rep. Mike Bost, IL-12

Mike Bost served in the United States Marine Corps for 12 years as an electronic specialist and radar repairman. Following his time in the Marine Corps, Mike Bost served as a firefighter for the Murphysboro Fire Department before eventually taking office as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives. He currently serves in U.S. Congress representing Illinois’s 12th congressional district.

For more information on Mike Bost and his race, please visit his website: http://bostforcongress.com/


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Rep. Steve Knight, CA-25

Knight served in the U.S. Army from 1985-1987 as a track systems mechanic in Friedberg, Germany. After his tour ended, Knight served in the Army Reserve. Following his service in the Army, Knight served for 18 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, eventually being elected to both the California State Assembly and California State Senate. He currently serves as the U.S. Representative for California’s 25th congressional district.

For more information on Steve Knight and his race, please visit his website: http://steveknight.org


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Barry Loudermilk, GA-11  

Barry Loudermilk served in the United States Air Force from 1984 until 1992 during the 1986 Philippine Crisis, the 1986 Air Raid on Libya, Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. He received numerous awards and decorations for his exemplary service, including two Force Commendation Medals, one Air Force Achievement Medal, and the United States National Defense Service Medal.

Barry was first elected in 2004, as a state representative to Georgia’s 14th State House District and in 2010 was elected to serve in the Georgia State Senate.

He continues to serve his country and state as an active officer in the Civil Air Patrol, where he has attained the rank of Lt. Colonel, and is a volunteer search and rescue pilot with the Rome squadron.

To support Barry Loudermilk, visit loudermilkforcongress.com.


Brad Wenstrup, OH-4
In 1998, seeing signs of freedom being threatened, Wenstrup accepted an officer’s commission with the U.S. Army Reserve, serving in the Medical Service Corps. In 2005, he deployed for a year of active duty in Iraq where he served as a Combat Surgeon and the Chief of Surgery with the 344th Combat Support Hospital. For his service and actions in Iraq, Wenstrup was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. Wenstrup continues his service in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Colonel and serves at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

For more information on Brad Wenstrup and her race, please visit his website: www.usabrad.com

 


Non-Incumbent Candidates


John James, Senate-MI

John James is a husband, father, combat veteran and businessman. He is a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-business conservative who has demonstrated energetic leadership, clarity of vision and a passion for service from the battlefield to the boardroom. John’s lived the American Dream and wants to protect that Dream for future generations.

For more information on John James and his race, please visit his website: https://johnjamesforsenate.com/


Young Kim, CA-39
As an immigrant to the United States Young Kim has a unique perspective on the American Dream, one that has led her to devote almost her entire adult life to community service. Kim’s career began as a small business owner and financial analyst. However, representing our area was always a calling that she would one day pursue. Her public service began more than 25 years ago, when Kim began to work for U.S. Representative Ed Royce, eventually becoming his Director of Community Operations. Continuing to expand her public service, Kim was elected to the 65th District of the California State Assembly in 2014.

For more information on Young Kim and her race, please visit his website: www.kimforcongress2018.com

 


Steve Toft, WI-3
After graduating from Osseo-Fairchild high school and working his way through college at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Steve enlisted in the U.S. Army. His Army career spanned 32 years where he worked his way from Private to Colonel.

For more information on Steve Toft and his race, please visit his website: www.toftforcongress.com

 

 


Maria Salazar, FL-27
Maria Elvira Salazar is a political outsider who is ready to roll-up her sleeves and fight on behalf of South Florida families in Congress. A renowned and respected political affairs journalist of over 35 years, Maria Elvira brings a unique understanding and fresh perspectives to key issues, government policies, and how they impact our community. She is driven by her passion to serve others and is ready to lead on healthcare, mass transit solutions, job creation, education and forging a better and brighter future for our state and our country.

For more information on Maria Salazar and her race, please visit his website: mariaelvira.com



Jeff Dove, VA-11

Jeff joined the U.S. Army in 2004. “You could say the Army was my finishing school. It gave me discipline, a sense of accomplishment, and turned me into a self-starter when it came to any task at hand,” Dove says. Dove served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he worked as a 74D Chemical Operations Specialist, and was awarded the Combat Action Badge.

For more information on Jeff Dove and his race, please visit his website: http://www.doveforcongress.com/



Dan Crenshaw, TX-2

Dan graduated from Tufts University in 2006, where he earned his Naval officer commission through Navy ROTC. He immediately reported to SEAL training in Coronado, CA. After graduating SEAL training, Dan deployed to Fallujah, Iraq to join SEAL Team Three, his first of five deployments overseas.

For more information on Dan Crenshaw and his race, please visit his website: https://crenshawforcongress.com/

 



Jim Baird, IN-4

Jim is a lifelong resident of the Fourth U.S. Congressional District, a Vietnam Veteran, a farmer, and small business owner for more than three decades. Mr. Baird, US Army (ret.) is the recipient of the Bronze Star with V device, Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster.

For more information on Jim Baird and his race, please visit his website: http://www.electjimbaird.com/

 

 



Greg Pence, IN-6

Greg joined the Marine Corps at a young age in 1979 in his hometown of Columbus, Indiana. Today, Greg feels that same calling to serve his country and the people in the Sixth District. Having served as an officer in the Marines, Greg understands the Sixth District needs a leader who will serve its constituents rather than serve special interests.

For more information on Greg Pence and his race, please visit his website: https://gregpenceforcongress.com/



Michael Waltz, FL-6

Florida native, a combat-decorated Green Beret, a former Fox News Contributor, and a small business owner. Waltz served his country his entire life, attending the Virginia Military Institute and serving for 21 years in the U.S. Army to the rank of Lt. Colonel.

For more information on Michael Waltz and his race, please visit his website:

https://michaelwaltz.com/



Wendy Rogers, AZ-1

Daughter of a long line of Army officers, in 1976 Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers was commissioned as a 5th-generation military officer. After retiring from the Air Force in 1996 after twenty years of active duty, Wendy and her husband Hal (also a retired Air Force officer) started their own home inspection business.

For more information on Wendy Rogers and her race, please visit her website:
https://wendyrogers.org

 


Greg Steube, FL-17

Upon completing law school, Greg decided to enlist in the U.S. Army after the September 11th attacks. In the Army, Greg spent one year as a commissioned Airborne Infantry Officer, and three years in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, serving as a Captain with the 25th Infantry Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Greg’s service continued with his election to the State House in 2010, and the State Senate in 2016.

For more information on Greg Steube and his race, please visit his website: https://www.electgregsteube.com/

 


Denver Riggleman, VA-5

Between 1992 and 1996, Denver served in the United States Air Force (USAF) as a C-141 Starlifter enlisted avionics technician at McGuire AFB, New Jersey. After serving as a multi-int intelligence officer for the USAF, Denver was posted to the National Security Agency in 2003.

For more information on Denver Riggleman and his race, please visit his website: http://denverforcongress.com/

 


Dr. Chris Peters, IA-2

Chris went to college and medical school at the University of Kansas, attending medical school on an Army scholarship. He served nine years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a general surgery resident and staff general surgeon. After his service, he completed a second residency in thoracic surgery at the University of Oklahoma.

For more information on Chris Peters and his race, please visit his website: https://drpetersforiowa.com/

 

 


Steve Watkins, KS-2

Steve attended West Point because of his belief in American exceptionalism. In the Army, he achieved the rank of Captain, and is a qualified Airborne Ranger. He volunteered to extend his military obligation to deploy to Afghanistan. Steve served in the violent Khost province and conducted combat patrols on the border of Afghanistan-Pakistan. After the military, Steve spent about ten years serving his country in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout Central Asia as an independent contractor.

For more information on Steve Watkins and his race, please visit his website: https://steveforkansas.com/


Dr. Steve Ferrara, AZ-9

Already accepted into medical school when Operation Desert Storm erupted, Steve answered the call to duty and volunteered for the Navy where he could care for combat casualties. In 2009, he volunteered to be the first of his specialty to deploy into combat. In Afghanistan, he transformed combat casualty care by pioneering life and limb-saving endovascular surgical techniques on the battlefield.

For more information on Steve Ferrara and his race, please visit his website: https://ferraraforcongress.com/

 


Dave Hughes, MN-7

Dave Hughes is a 21 year veteran of the United States Air Force. He currently works for General Atomics as an MQ-9 UAS (Drone) Instructor Pilot, flying operational missions guarding both our northern and southern borders and training US Customs and Border Patrol aircrews.

For more information on Dave Hughes and his race, please visit his website: https://www.hughesforcongress.us/

 


Mark Green, TN-7

First elected to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012, Dr. Mark Green is a physician, businessman, veteran, and family man running for Congress in Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District. Last year, Mark was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as the U.S. Secretary of the Army, before withdrawing due to obstruction from Senate Democrats and attacks on his Christian faith.

For more information on Mark Green and his race, please visit his website: https://www.markgreen4tn.com/

 


Eddie Edwards, NH-1

Eddie Edwards is the former chief of police for the town of South Hampton. He served as Chief of New Hampshire State Division of Liquor Enforcement, and under his leadership the Division became New Hampshire’s first statewide law enforcement agency to receive the distinction of Advanced National Law Enforcement Accreditation.
A navy veteran and graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Edwards spent a career in law enforcement.

For more information on Eddie Edwards and his race, please visit his website: https://www.edwardsfornh.com/


Steve Negron, NH-2

A retired Air Force officer, Steve started his own small business, Integron LLC, building on his expertise as a leader in the defense industry at Lockheed Martin, GTE, and General Dynamics. Steve and his wife, Terry, have lived in Nashua for 28 years, where they have raised three children. Aside from representing his Nashua neighbors in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Steve is an active community leader in his church, the local business community, and youth athletics.

For more information on Steve Negron and his race, please visit his website: https://negron4congress.com/


Guy Reschenthaler, PA-14

A retired Air Force officer, Steve started his own small business, Integron LLC, building on his expertise as a leader in the defense industry at Lockheed Martin, GTE, and General Dynamics. Steve and his wife, Terry, have lived in Nashua for 28 years, where they have raised three children. Aside from representing his Nashua neighbors in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Steve is an active community leader in his church, the local business community, and youth athletics.

For more information on Guy Reschenthaler and his race, please visit his website: https://www.guyforpa.com/


Amie Hoeber, MD-6

As a former Deputy Under Secretary of the Army under President Reagan, Amie worked closely with the Administration and Congress to strengthen America’s defense and national security. She was honored with the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, Department of the Army. Following her work at the Pentagon, Amie founded AMH Consulting to advise the Federal government and private industry on defense and homeland security.

For more information on Amie Hoeber and her race, please visit his website: http://www.amieforcongress.com/


Joe Schneider, MA-6
Joe Schneider served as a Captain in the United States Army and retired after 13 years of fighting the spread of communism during the Cold War. Weeks after becoming an American citizen, he was accepted into the United States Military Academy – West Point, and subsequently served as a Ranger qualified officer and in Special Forces (Green Berets) units.

For more information on Joe Schneider and his race, please visit his website: https://joeschneiderforcongress.com/