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Two South Florida Reps tapped to help Republicans recruit more Hispanics

Two South Florida state Representatives have been recruited to a national Republican group that is looking to of recruiting Hispanic Republicans to state office across the state. 

Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami and Rep. Jose Oliva, R-Hialeah, are joining the Republican State Leadership Committee’s Future Majority Caucus.

 That caucus is made up mostly of Hispanic lawmakers and led by honorary co-chairs Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada.

"Representatives Diaz & Oliva will be outstanding leaders for the Future Majority Caucus, helping us support candidates who reflect the full diversity of our nation," said RSLC President Chris Jankowski, in a statement.  "The key to growing our Republican Party is identifying candidates like Rep. Diaz, and Rep. Oliva, from across our country who believe in the principles of smaller government, lower taxes, and supporting job creators who can lead the way in our states."

"I am honored to be chosen as an Executive Committee Member for the Future Majority Caucus, and I am ready to support our mission to recruit and support diverse candidates across the states," said Diaz.  "The leadership of the Future Majority Caucus will enact a long-term and sustained engagement with voters as we work together to tackle the challenges in our states of reducing the size and scope of government, and make the American Dream a reality.

The committee is the latest phase of the Future Majority Project, which was launched in 2011 to recruit Hispanic Republicans to run for office.

The release is below:

 State Representatives Jose Felix Diaz & Jose Oliva Named Executive Committee Members of Future Majority Caucus National Group to Recruit Diverse Republican Candidates to Run for Office

 Washington, D.C. (February 6, 2013) – The Republican State Leadership Committe (RSLC) today announced that Florida state representatives, Jose Felix Diaz and Jose Oliva, will serve as Executive Committee Members of the Future Majority Caucus (FMC).  The FMC is the newest phase of the Future Majority Project (FMP) - an RSLC initiative begun during the 2012 election cycle to create a long-term, sustained commitment of significant contributions of time and resources to support and elect Hispanics, women, African Americans and Americans of Asian descent to state offices.

"Representatives Diaz & Oliva will be outstanding leaders for the Future Majority Caucus, helping us support candidates who reflect the full diversity of our nation," said RSLC President Chris Jankowski.  "The key to growing our Republican Party is identifying candidates like Rep. Diaz, and Rep. Oliva, from across our country who believe in the principles of smaller government, lower taxes, and supporting job creators who can lead the way in our states."

 The newly formed Caucus will be led by Honorary Co-chairs Governors Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Brian Sandoval of Nevada.  The Caucus will support the goals of the Project and will expand the scope of recruitment and support offered by the RSLC to more closely reflect the diversity of our nation.

"I am honored to be chosen as an Executive Committee Member for the Future Majority Caucus, and I am ready to support our mission to recruit and support diverse candidates across the states," said Rep. Diaz.  "The leadership of the Future Majority Caucus will enact a long-term and sustained engagement with voters as we work together to tackle the challenges in our states of reducing the size and scope of government, and make the American Dream a reality."

Future Majority Caucus Board Members are leaders and Republican rising stars of Hispanic descent from around the country, including:

John Cabello, IL HD 68
Jose Felix Diaz, FL HD 116
Marilinda Garcia, NH HD 4
Art Linares, CT SD 33
Ernesto "Ernie" Lopez, DE SD 6
JM Lozano, TX HD 43
Jose Oliva, FL HD 110
Paul Pacheco, NM HD 23
Jason Villalba, TX HD 114
Monica Youngblood, NM HD 68

Fast Facts on the Future Majority Caucus

  • The Future Majority Caucus is the fifth Caucus of the RSLC.  FMC joins the Republican Attorney's General Association (RAGA), the Republican Lieutenant Governor's Association (RLGA), the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC) and the Republican Secretaries of State Committee (RSSC).
  • FMC will be led by Honorary Co-Chairs, Governors Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Sandoval of Nevada.
  • FMC welcomes Neri Martinez as Director.  Neri was most recently in North Carolina overseeing Hispanic outreach for the RNC.  She has been successful in business development for private-sector industries, not-for-profit consultant work and numerous political campaigns in the Southeast. A native of Miami, FL, she has lived and studied abroad and is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
  • FMC is the newest phase of the Future Majority Project (FMP).
  • Under the leadership of Chairman Ed Gillespie in 2011, the RSLC launched FMP - a forward-thinking outreach initiative to the Hispanic community intended to proactively grow the Republican family.
  • FMP successes include exceeding our goal by identifying 125 candidates of Hispanic descent in 26 states, and increasing the caucus at the state level by one seat.  The new 2012 class represents more than 30 percent of the total caucus.
  • As part of FMP, RSLC launched Right Women, Right Now (RWRN), a sustained effort to identify and support Republican women candidates at the state level. The goal for 2012 was to identify 150 new Republican women candidates with the goal of electing 75 to office. 
  • RWRN successes included exceeding goals by identifying 191 new candidates and electing 84 new Republican women to state-level office in 36 states.
  • RSLC exceeded the goal of spending $3 million, by contribution over $5 million to support Hispanic and women candidates.
  • FMC will work to expand the scope of recruitment to not only candidates of Hispanic decent, but other candidates reflecting the broad scope of ethnic diversity across the nation.

 

 

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