Chad Mayes

Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley), center, appears at a Assembly Republican caucus news conference on transportation funding on Monday. (Chris Megerian/Los Angeles Times)

By Melanie Mason and Chris Megerian
August 31, 2015

Assembly Republicans could elect a new leader as early as Tuesday, said Assemblyman Chad Mayes, a GOP freshman from Yucca Valley who confirmed Monday that he’s seeking the leadership post.

“I’m definitely in the running for it,” Mayes told reporters after a news conference Monday. “We need to make sure as a caucus that we’re together and united. Some of my colleagues had come to me and said, ‘We’d like you to consider it.'”

If chosen, he’ll take over from Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto), who was elected to the post just over a year ago.

Mayes demurred on detailing how he’d lead the caucus differently than Olsen.

“Kristin has done a phenomenal job…. Once I become leader and sort of take the whole viewpoint of the organization, we’ll go from there,” he said.

Olsen said Monday there was no leadership news to report, but said she thought Mayes would make a “great leader.”

Before his election to the Assembly in 2014, Mayes was a member of the Yucca Valley town council. He worked as a financial advisor before moving into government.

His district spans parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including the cities of Beaumont, Palm Springs and Twentynine Palms.

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