Our Members

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Drew Mercy, Chairman

Drew Mercy is a business and community leader.  He currently serves as the Vice President of the Quartz Hill Water District and is up for election this November.

He is active in the community serving as Chairman of the Lancaster Criminal Justice Commission, Director for the Antelope Valley Sheriff's Boosters and President of the Antelope Valley Fair Association Board of Directors.  He is a past President of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade, and past member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the State Prison in Lancaster and the Antelope Valley College Bond Oversight Committee.​

Hon. Marvin Crist, Vice Chairman

A successful business owner and former firefighter at Plant 42, Marvin Crist was elected to the Lancaster City Council in 2010 where he has fought for greater public safety and fostering a business friendly climate that attracts job creation.  In 2012, he was elected by the council to serve as Vice Mayor.​

He is also the President of the Antelope Valley Sheriff's Boosters, a member of Lancaster West Rotary.  He is one of the communities leading philanthropists helping raise funds for a number of charities throughout the Antelope Valley.

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Angie Hughes ​, Secretary
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Nicole Aurora McCracken, Treasurer
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Newton Chelette, Assistant Secretary

Newton Chelette is retired from Antelope Valley College where in 28 years he served as an Instructor, Basketball Coach, Athletic Director, Dean and Vice President of Student Services. 

 

Newton is active in the community.  He currently serves on the AVAQMD, the AV Sheriff’s booster organization and the AV Fair Board.  He is a past member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the State Prison in Lancaster, the Criminal Justice Committee in Lancaster and was the 2014 Citizen of the Year in Lancaster Museum & Public Art Foundation and the Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley.

Matthew Himlin, Assistant Treasurer
Hon. Raj Malhi, Executive Cmte. Rep.

Raj Malhi was appointed to the Lancaster City Council in 2015 after serving seven years on the City's Planning Commission.

He is the owner of Malhi's Indian Cuisine restaurants and several other family owned businesses in the Antelope Valley.

An immigrant, Raj and his family came to the United States when he was a child to  seek their American Dream.  He is a Republican because he is committed to ensuring the American Dream and entrepreneurship that his family earned remains available for future generations.
 

Hon. Kevin McCarthy, Congressman

First elected in 2006, Kevin is a native of Bakersfield and a fourth-generation Kern County resident. He is committed to policies that give small businesses and entrepreneurs the confidence they need to hire, expand, invest and innovate.

In 2010, Congressman McCarthy led the Republican campaign efforts to retake the House and take the Speaker's gavel from Nancy Pelosi. He was overwhelmingly promoted as a result of his hardwork and dedication, first to House Majority Whip, and recently to House Majority Leader.  He is diligently working to promote common sense conservative policies in the House of Representatives to move our nation forward.

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First generation American citizen Mike Garcia is a highly decorated United States Naval Officer and fighter pilot.  Garcia graduated in the top 3% of his class at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.  

During his 10 years as an executive at Raytheon, Garcia has been responsible for the generation of billions of dollars of revenue and the creation of hundreds of jobs for his company and our district. 

In May, 2020, he was elected to Congress in the special election to replace disgraced Democrat Katie Hill.  He is running for re-election for a full term this November.

Hon. Mike Garcia, Congressman
 
Hon. Scott Wilk, State Senator

Scott Wilk was born at Antelope Valley Hospital and raised in the Antelope Valley. He attended local schools before graduating with a B.A. from California State University, Bakersfield.

Most recently, Scott was elected Senator of the 21st Senate District which includes the Antelope, Santa Clarita, and Victor valleys.

 

Before being elected to the Senate, Scott served as the State Assemblyman for California’s 38th State Assembly District.

Hon. Tom Lackey, State Assemblyman

Tom has served as a Highway Patrol Officer for nearly 28 years.  A former special education teacher, he was elected to the Palmdale School Board in 1999 and re-elected in 2003.  In 2005 he was elected to the Palmdale City Council.  In June, 2014, he was the top vote getter by a large margin to be our Assembly Nominee, and went on to be among the first Republicans since 1994 to defeat an incumbent Democrat in the Legislature.  Of the three Republicans that election to beat an incumbent, Tom's margin of victory was the only one larger than twenty percent.

Tom has spent most of his life in the Antelope Valley, having grown up in Boron.  He and his wife Theresa make their home in Palmdale with their two children, Justin and Jani.