The Young Guns program was designed to mentor and support candidates in races across the United States to ensure they’re provided with the necessary tools to run a productive and effective campaign against their Democrat rivals. This week, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announced the second round of “Young Guns,” which includes two Florida candidates – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Maria Elvira Salazar.
In a statement, House Leader McCarthy shared his enthusiasm “to promote such a diverse group of candidates to the final phase of the Young Guns program.” He added, “as we move closer to Election Day, these candidates have shown they stand in stark contrast to their Democratic opponents and have the structure in place to come out victorious in November.”
After losing a congressional bid in the 2018 midterm election to Florida Rep. Donna Shalala (D) for Florida’s 27th congressional district, Maria Elvira Salazar is running again to unseat the Florida freshman.
As well, Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez is challenging Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) for her own seat in Florida’s 26th congressional district.