Kelly Kulikoff

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Kelly Kulikoff is the mayor of California City (Kern County) and a licensed real estate broker, insurance broker, manufactured home dealer, and general contractor. He previously served as a city councilman [3]. 

Kulikoff has a B.S. in IT Systems Development: Mobile Applications and an M.B.A. in Project Management. He is also a certified Project Management Professional, Agile Practitioner, Scrum Master, and Lean Six Sigma black belt. 

As mayor, Kulikoff introduced a developer fee reduction extension to increase economic development and implemented several internal work policy improvements to move more projects in-house and save more funds [1]. Controversially, Kulioff was involved in allegations of abuse of power, but no official moves were made [4].

Key Issues

Term Limits

Kulikoff has signed a pledge with the US Term Limits organization to limit terms for elected officials [5].

Endorsements

None found.

Sources

1 Kulikoff for Congress

2 Ballotpedia

3 23ABC

4 ABC23 Bakersfield 

5 US Term Limits

Kyle Kirkland

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Born in Virginia, Kirkland was raised in Maine and attended Harvard College where he received an A.B. magna cum laude in 1984 and then received an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in 1988 [1].  

Kirkland co-founded Kirkland Messina, Inc., an investment banking firm. He is now the owner of Club One Casino, president of the California Gaming Association, and founder of Kirkland Foundation, a non profit animal rescue [3,4].

Key Issues

Immigration

Kirkland supports legal immigration, but also believes that America’s current southern border is insecure. He supports broad immigration reform to repair a “broken” system [1]. 

Foreign Policy

Kirkland supports broad funding for Israel but not Ukraine. He believes that the federal government must put more direct resources towards law enforcement instead. [1, 6]

Endorsements

None found.

Sources

1 Kirkland for Congress

2 Ballotpedia

3 Casino.org

4 GVWire

5 MSN

6 FoxNews

Matt Stoll

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Matt Stoll, a former Navy fighter pilot with 20 years of service, retired in 2019 after flying 44 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was last stationed at NAS Lemoore. [5]

Post-military, he initiated a property management business in Visalia and owns Garden World, a retail store. Stoll made two unsuccessful attempts for Congress last year, placing third in the primaries for both the special election to replace Rep. Devin Nunes and Rep. Jim Costa. [3]

Key Issues

Economy

Stoll believes that government intervention in the economy is harmful. He contends that Californian taxpayers face inequitable burdens based on their geographic location, experiencing elevated property and gas taxes. He suggests that the core issue lies in excessive spending by both the state and federal governments rather than a shortage of revenue. [2]

Crime

Stoll has expressed concerns that current policing policies are placing additional strain on officers. He is also a vocal critic of the Defund the Police movement. [2]

Endorsements

None found.

Sources

1 Ballotpedia  

2 ElectMattStoll 

3 Sjvsun.com 

4 The Sun Gazette 

5 KGET

David Giglio

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Raised in Connecticut, David Giglio graduated from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania with a degree in History and Political Science. Giglio moved to California due to job opportunities for him and his wife. After receiving a master’s degree in teaching, Giglio became a high school history teacher. Now, Giglio owns Calicards and More, a business that buys and sells sports cards and memorabilia [1]. 

Giglio previously ran an unsuccessful campaign in the 2022 GOP primary for California’s 13th Congressional District [5].

Key Issues

Immigration

Giglio supports a temporary suspension of immigration which he believes will allow ICE and CBP to handle newly arriving immigrants. He also supports cutting foreign aid to Mexico and other Central American nations until they eliminate drug cartels and human traffickers [1]. 

Gun Policy

Giglio rejects gun control stating that he will oppose any and all legislation that would limit or ‘infringe’ upon the right to keep and bear arms [1].

Healthcare

Giglio believes that healthcare legislation must protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. He also wants to make medical expenses tax deductible [1, 2].

Budget

Giglio supports increasing funding for areas like infrastructure, the border, healthcare, and veteran’s assistance, and reducing funding for foreign policy related matters [1]. 

 

Education

Giglio opposes initiatives like Critical Race Theory and the New York Times sponsored 1619 Project. He believes that local and state governments should make the final decision on how to utilize educational funding, rather than the federal government. Additionally, Giglio supports school choice programs and advocates for parents to pick schools based on factors other than location [1]. 

Endorsements

General Mike Flynn; Rob Maness, US Air Force Colonel; Ted Howze, Former Turlock City Councilman; John Pierce, NCLU Chairman, Republicans for National Renewal

Sources

1 David Giglio for Congress

2 Ballotpedia 

3 Facebook 

4 Linkedin

5 Newsweek

Vince Fong

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Vince Fong earned his Bachelor’s in Political Science and Government from UCLA in 2001 and Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University in 2003. 

He started his political career as a district representative in former Congressman Bill Thomas’ office and later worked as a district director for former Congressman Kevin McCarthy [1, 2]. In 2016, he was elected to represent California State Assembly District 32 and served as the Vice Chair for the Budget and Transportation Committees [2]. 

Most recently, Fong was involved in a legal dispute with the California Secretary of State for filing to run for State Assembly re-election and the Congressional seat opened up by the resignation of former Congressman Kevin McCarthy. While he was initially barred from the Congressional election ballot, the Sacramento Superior Court ruled in Fong’s favor, ruling him eligible to appear on both ballots, and the CA Secretary of State has since appealed that decision [2, 3]

Key Issues

Infrastructure

Fong opposes high-speed rail projects, supporting water infrastructure projects instead [1, 4].

Immigration

Fong supports more strict southern border policies, but opposes former President Trump’s proposals of mass deportations [5]

Economy

Fong supports reducing taxes and business regulations as part of his focus on economic issues. He believes that current funding should be reallocated to focus more on public safety, education, and infrastructure instead of using tax increases to fund new projects [1, 4].

Endorsements

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association PAC; California Rifle & Pistol Association; Kern Prosecutors Association; Kern County Republican Party; Kevin McCarthy, former Congressman; Tom McClintock, former Congressman; Darrell Issa, former Congressman; Kevin Kiley, former Congressman; Ken Calvert, former Congressman; Michelle Steel, former Congresswoman; Young Kim, former Congresswoman; John Duarte, former Congressman; Doug LaMalfa, former Congressman; Cynthia Zimmer, Kern County District Attorney; Phillip Peters, Kern County Supervisor; Jeff Flores, Kern County Supervisor; David Couch, Kern County Supervisor; Zach Scrivener, Kern County Supervisor; Mike Maggard, former Kern County Supervisor; Dennis Townsend, Tulare County Supervisor; Karen Goh, Bakersfield Mayor; Patty Gray, Bakersfield City Councilmember; Bruce Freeman, Bakersfield City Councilmember; Eric Bruen, Ridgecrest Mayor; Dave Noerr, Taft Mayor; Josh Bryant, Taft Councilman; Michael Davies, Tehachapi Mayor; Susan Wiggins, Tehachapi Councilwoman; Cory Morse, Maricopa Mayor; Lynne Ashbeck, Clovis Mayor; Brett Taylor, Visalia Councilman; Derek Tisinger, Kern High School Board Member; Bryan Batey, Kern High School Board Member; Leign Ann Cook, Rosedale School Board Member.

Sources

1 Vince Fong for Congress

2 Ballotpedia

3 California Secretary of State

4 The Sun-Gazette 

5 GV Wire

Mike Boudreaux

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Sheriff Boudreaux is the current president of the California State Sheriffs’ Association, representing all of California’s 58 local sheriffs [1].

Born in Porterville, California, Mike Boudreaux grew up in the Sierra community of California Hot Springs. At 19, Boudreaux joined the Tulane Police Department as a cadet [4]. 

Certificated in Criminology and the Administration of Justice, Boudreaux also holds an Associate of Science Degree in the Administration of Justice. Boudreaux also graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department’s WestPoint Leadership Academy and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. For the past 37 years, Boudreaux has worked numerous jobs with the Tulane County Sheriff’s Office [1]. 

On October 8, 2013, Boudreaux was appointed Sheriff-Coroner of Tulare County by the Board of Supervisors; he was elected to become the 30th Sheriff of Tulare County in 2014 before his re-election in 2018 and 2022. As Sheriff-Coroner, Boudreaux led Operation LOCCUST, an operation to eradicate marijuana operations in the San Joaquin Valley [3].
Locally, Sheriff Boudreaux serves as the chairman of the Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program [1].

Key Issues

Immigration

Boudreaux believes that Biden’s immigration policies leave America vulnerable. Supporting a border wall, tracking systems, and an immigration overhaul, Boudreaux also wants to allow local law enforcement to work with federal partners like ICE and CBP to prosecute those who cross the border unlawfully [1].

Taxes

Boudreaux believes that new or higher taxes will kill jobs and investment in our economy. Specifically, Boudreaux believes that Biden’s hiring of 87,000 new IRS agents will antagonize and unfairly raise burdens on Americans [1].

Healthcare

Bordeaux believes that Obamacare has had a detrimental effect on Americans by boosting costs and decreasing accessibility. As a result, Boudreaux supports repealing Obamacare [1].

Endorsements

Connie Conway; former US Representative, Andy Vidak; former California State Senator; Devon Mathis, California State Assemblymember; Dennis Townsend, Tulare County Supervisor; Larry Micari, Tulare County Supervisor; Amy Shuklian, Tulare County Supervisor; Pete Vander Poel, Tulare County Supervisor; John Zanoni, Fresno County Sheriff; Margaret Mims, former Fresno County Sheriff; Nathan Magsig, Fresno County Supervisor; Buddy Mendes, Fresno County Supervisor; Brian Pacheco, Fresno County Supervisor; Deena Combs Flores, Clovis Unified Trustee; Hugh Awtrey III, Clovis Unified Trustee; Vong Mouanoutoua, Clovis City Councilman; Diane Pearce, Clovis City Councilwoman; Matt Basgall, Clovis City Councilman; Drew Bessinger, Clovis City Councilman; California General Assembly Republicans, Fresno Bee

Sources

1 Boudreaux For Congress

2 Fresno Bee 

3 ABC 30

4 Tulane County Sheriff 

5 Fox 26 News

6 Valley Voice

Emily Marie Brewer

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Incumbent

Background

Brewer was adopted in early childhood and has lived in Western Tidewater for the entirety of her life. Brewer is a small business owner, beginning her career in media training for public safety officials before beginning a brick-and-mortar retail business. Brewer was first elected to Virginia’s House of Delegates in 2017, and was the youngest Republican woman elected in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia; for her work in the Virginia General Assembly, Brewer has been recognized as “2018 Freshman Legislator of the Year” by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the 2020 Emerging Leadership Award by the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership [1].

While serving in the house, Brewer founded the Virginia Future Caucus, a bi-partisan organization working to promote the interests of Millenial and Generation Z legislators. Brewer currently serves on the House Appropriations and General Laws Committees and is the Chair of the House Communications, Technology, and Innovation Committee. Brewer has also been appointed to serve on the Joint Virginia Subcommittee for Health and Human Resources Oversight and is the State Chair for the Commission on Youth [1, 6].

Key Issues

Economy

Brewer wants to keep taxes low for Virginians, while also emphasizing the limitation of discretionary government spending and the growth of small businesses to support the attraction of new jobs into the region [1].

Public Safety

Brewer wants to implement tough-on-crime legislation in Virginia and supports the policies of Attorney General Jason Miyares. Brewer has previously passed legislation to develop new training standards to improve the efficacy of responses to child trafficking [1].

Social Programs

Brewer wants to reform Vriginia’s adoption and foster care system in order to find a home for Virginia’s population of children without parents and wants to streamline the adoption process through any mechanism available [1].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 Emily Brewer for Virginia
2 BillTrack50
3 Facebook
4 WAVY
5 Virginia General Assembly
6 Ballotpedia

Anthony W. Tony Goodwin

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Goodwin graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College in 1996, and also attended the Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Course in 1997, Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in 2008, and Agent Certify real estate course in 2015. Goodwin has served as President of G&A Marketing and Real Estate Services for over 31 years, and also currently serves as the owner of Market Street Cafe and General Store [1, 2, 7].

Goodwin has engaged with community service and leadership in the Hampton Roads area for over 25 years, participating in various professional development courses and serving on multiple commissions and community organizations. Specific roles include President of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth from 2017 to 2020, Chairman of Portsmouth Council of Civic Organzations, President of Park View Civic League, and President of Portsmouth Olde Towne Business Association [1].

Key Issues

Abortion

Goodwin supports abortion regulations that aligns with Youngkin’s 15 week proposal for abortion restrictions with exceptions [3].

Education

Goodwin wants to make sure that parents are fully involved in their children’s education, and that all families have access to high-quality choices when it comes to their education and that lifelong-learning is a viable option [3].

Public Safety

Goodwin wants to provide law enforcement with tools needed to address and curb the crime epidemic in Tidewater communities, and supports measures that enhance public safety and law enforcement capabilities [3].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 A Goodwin for Portsmouth
2 LinkedIn
3 WAVY
4 Ballotpedia
5 Facebook
6 VPAP
7 Goodwin for VA

Christie New Craig

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Christie New Craig has lived in Chesapeake, Virginia her entire life, graduating from Western Branch High School. She began a career as a Senior Law Enforcement Officer with the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, serving for over 15 years, ultimately graduating from the Chesapeake Police Academy in 1995. In 2005, she opened a small catering business in Chesapeake, Virginia, in addition to opening a tree farming business in Buckingham, Virginia in 2014 [1,3,6].

In 2002, New Criag became the Chief of Staff to State Senator John Cosgrove. She worked with him in Richmond to pass and draft legislation, as well as to help run his office. New Craig also has prior political experience, being elected to the Chesapeake School Board from 2010 to 2022. New Craig is married, has three children, eleven grandchildren, and still resides in Chesapeake, Virginia [1,3,6].

Key Issues

Economy

New Craig wants to help boost the economy through more vocational training opportunities for high schoolers. She describes tax reform for working families as a top priority. She also wants to cut regulations for small businesses. [1,3,6]

Education

New Craig wants parents to be more involved in their children’s education. She wants students to be able to go to school in-person. [1,3,6]

Public Safety

New Craig supports fully funding law enforcement officers. In addition, she wants to support first responders the same way. She wants to use her own experience as a law enforcement officer to help guide her in Richmond. [1,3,6]

Reproductive Rights

New Craig supports a 15 week limit on abortion as laid out by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin with exceptions for rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is at risk.

Endorsements

Congresswoman Jen Kiggans – Virginia’s 2nd District; State Senator Bill DeSteph; State Senator John Cosgrove; Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer; Chesapeake Mayor Rick West; Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell; Former Congressman Randy Forbes; Former Congresswoman Thelma Drake

Sources

1 Christie New Craig for Senate
2 VPAP
3 WAVY
4 Facebook
5 Ballotpedia
6 Virginian-Pilot

William R. “Bill” DeSteph Jr.

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Incumbent

Background

DeSteph served in the United States Navy as a chief petty officer and a naval special-warfare intelligence officer, and is a Desert Storm veteran. DeSteph also worked as the senior vice president and co-owner at the defense technology firm AMTI, and volunteered with the Children’s Hospital for the King Daughters, Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads, the Noblemen, the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, and the Naval Special Warfare Foundation [2, 4].

DeSteph served as a City Councilman from 2006 to 2013 and as a Councilman of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia from 2006 to the present. DeSteph was elected as a Delegate for Virginia’s 82nd District from 2014 to 2016 and has served as a Senator for Virginia’s 8th District since 2016. DeSteph serves on the Senate committees for Local Government, Transportation, and Rehabilitation and Social Services, and is an active member of the General Assembly’s Military Caucus and Tourism Caucus [2].

Key Issues

Economy

DeSteph supports minimizing government interference in the economy, and DeSteph supports measures to increase workforce housing and lowering interest rates to promote a good standard of living for all Virginians [5].

Public Safety

DeSteph wants to ensure that all citizens are kept safe by providing law enforcement with the resources to support existing criminal statutes and guidelines, and supports legislation that promotes both public safety and the economy, especially in tourism-based districts such as coastal Virginia [5].

Endorsements

Hampton Roads Black Caucus; Tidewater Builders Association; Delceno Miles; Filipino-American Community Action Group; Virginia Statewide Police Benevolent Association; Virginia Professional Firefighters; Tony DiSilvestro, Owner of YNOT Italian; Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce

Sources

1 Senate of Virginia
2 Bill DeSteph
3 Facebook
4 LinkedIn
5 WAVY
6 BillTrack50
7 VPAP
8 Ballotpedia