Part 3: 2022 Conservative Veterans Running for Office: Who Made it to the Final Round?

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With the Election now less than one month away, we are revisiting a list of Republican candidates who will be on the ballots for both state and federal races in November. This post is the last follow-up to a list we released earlier this year, 2022 Conservative Veterans Running for Office.

The following seven candidates were all featured on that list and are running in Alabama, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. Each follow up below features a link to their dedicated profile on 2022 Conservative Veterans Running for Office, as well as a brief overview of their bios, and finally, who they will be facing in November.

The best part is, they’re all advancing to the final round – the midterm election! Check out the update below!

2022 Conservative Veterans on the Ballot in Alabama

David Cole, Alabama House of Representatives

David Cole automatically advanced to the general ballot in November to represent District 10 in the Alabama House of Representatives after running unopposed, and the Republican primary ultimately being canceled. Cole is an Army Veteran, with considerable experience as a surgeon. David was a Fox Army Deputy Commander for Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division Surgeon. As well as the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division Brigade Surgeon and Battalion Surgeon, U.S. Army USA MEDDAC National Capital Area Flight Surgeon. Also, David was a U.S. Army Surgeon XVIII Airborne Corps Multinational Force Surgeon. He is a member of the VFW, American Legion, U.S. Space and Rocket Center Alumni Association, and has also served extensively in the Boy Scouts of America for over 20 years. He is currently Medical Director of the Occupational Health Group. He will advance to face Democrat challenger Marilyn Lands in November.

Pete Riehm, Alabama State Senate

Pete Riehm automatically advanced to represent District 33 in the Alabama State Senate in November after the Republican primary was cancelled. Pete served in the US Navy for 21 years, retiring in 2005 and going into the private sector as a commercial real estate broker. His civic activities include serving as the Land Commissioner for the Mobile County Probate Court and being a member of the City of Mobile Solid Waste Disposal Authority since 2008; chairman since 2015. He is running on a platform which includes school-choice/education reform, infrastructure, pro-law enforcement, and economic development. He will face incumbent Democrat, Vivian Figures, in November.

2022 Conservative Veterans on the Ballot in Arizona

Stan Caine, Arizona State Senate

Stan Caine ran unopposed during the Republican primary to represent District 18 in the Arizona State Senate and will advance to the ballots in November. Caine worked for over 30 years at the Department of Defense as an Integrated Product Team Lead for quality of several major weapon systems. He earned his Master of Science in Administration, and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration on the naval base through California State University of Bakersfield. Post-retirement, he has worked in the education system as a substitute teacher. Concerned by the recent direction of the country, Caine has been motivated to run for office on a conservative platform addressing the border crisis, education reform, tackling inflation, and ending coercive Covid-19 related mandates. He will face Democrat challenger, Priya Sundareshan, on Election Day.

2022 Conservative Veterans on the Ballot in Pennsylvania

David Galluch, US House of Representatives

2022 Conservative Veterans Running for Office - American Veterans Honor Fund

After two other candidates withdrew, David Galluch won the Republican primary for Pennsylvania’s House District 5 unopposed. This Navy Veteran continued a long family history of military service spanning back to the Revolutionary War. After high school, Galluch earned an appointment to the US Naval Academy with the rank of midshipman and graduated sixth in his class in 2012. After earning a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge in England, he returned to the US and continued his military career. After graduating from Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) school, Galluch deployed overseas in both the Middle East and Somalia. He and his Sailors were tasked with reducing explosive threats and other weapons commonly employed by terror and extremist organizations. He is running on a conservative platform which includes combating inflation, economic development, education reform, and reversing course on the Biden Administration’s disastrous national security policies. He will face Democrat incumbent, Mary Gay Scanlon, in November.

Rico Elmore, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Rico Emore advanced to November after running unopposed in the Republican primary to represent District 16 in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Elmore is a US Airforce veteran and a District 16 Native. He says he has been inspired to run to protect our God-given rights, including the right to bear arms. He is focused on expanding the Clean Slate program that helps non-violent offenders receive job opportunities and providing Veterans with more resources to successfully transition back into civilian life. He will face incumbent Democrat, Robert Matzie, in November.

John Merhottein, Pennsylvania State Senate

John Merhottein ran unopposed in the Republican primary to represent District 18 in the Pennsylvania State Senate and will advance to November. “John proudly served our country in operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield as a United States Marine, where he earned the National Defense Service Medal & Kuwait Liberation Medal.  John was also awarded the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Two Meritorious Masts, and the Good Conduct Medal during his service,” according to his campaign. He has worked in the IT field for decades as a programmer & analyst. He is focused on ending job-crushing regulations, supporting energy Independence, and standing with workers. He will face incumbent Democrat Lisa Boscola in the midterm elections.

Donald Nevills, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Donald Nevills ran unopposed in the Republican primary to represent District 35 in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and will advance to November. During his 14-year career in the US Navy, Nevills achieved several distinctions, including earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer at the young age of 25. He also “received the Navy Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service…was Ranked #1 Chief aboard by 3 Captains on 2 different ships…(and) volunteered and deployed for a 1-year tour in the Middle East aboard the Flagship, patrolling the Iranian War Zone,” according to his campaign. In the private sector, he was an award-winning tattoo artist, whose successful small business was decimated by Pennsylvania’s draconian Covid-19 restrictions. After having to close down, Nevills successfully reinvented himself opening a successful business in the food industry. He is running on a conservative platform committed to economic development, law & order policies, ending Covid-19 mandates, and parental rights, among other issues. He will face incumbent Democrat, Austin Davis in November.

2022 Voter Guide - American Veterans Honor Fund

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