Kimberlin Brown Pelzer has barely unpacked the boxes in her Palm Springs home but she has already earned the endorsement of a powerful, mobilized group – the East Valley Republican Women Federated.
Joy Miedecke, president of the group, confirmed to Uken Report that members “overwhelmingly” voted to endorse Brown Pelzer as the Republican candidate for California’s 36th U.S. Congressional District.
“The endorsement was made because Kimberlin Brown Pelzer has shown consistent conservative values,” Miedecke said. “She has built small companies from the ground up, is a successful actress, wife and mom, philanthropist and advocate for greater engagement by women in politics. She is a principles, result-driven outsider, not a career politician.”
Miedecke has been impressed with Brown Pelzer from the start. Miedecke said she spent two weeks with her and introduced her at the California Federation of Republican Women Convention in Monterey on Oct. 6-8.
The role of Republican Women Federated is to support all Republican candidates, both men and women, but most of all to get Republican women in office, Miedecke said.
“She’s serious,” Miedecke said in an earlier interview with Uken Report. “She’s absolutely serious. She’s intelligent and knows a lot of terrific people. She wants to take her energy to Washington, D.C., to make sure we as Republicans stay on track.”
Brown Pelzer was as a featured speaker at the Republican National Convention in 2016. She was invited to speak at the RNC because of “her role as an actress,” according to her website.
Brown Pelzer will face Dan Ball, 42, a former Coachella Valley television news anchor, for the Republican nomination for the 36th Congressional District. He has formally announced. Stephan Wolkowicz, who sought the GOP nomination in 2016, is also said to be running.
Both are looking to unseat Ruiz, a Harvard-educated doctor, targeted by the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2018. The committee is reportedly targeting 36 Democrat-held districts in blue-collar areas.
California’s 36th Congressional is located in the southeastern portion of the state and includes most of Riverside County, including the area from Hemet to Blythe. It also includes the desert communities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio, Coachella, Rancho Mirage, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells and Cathedral City.