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CD4 Republicans Endorses Sia Lo on April 29, 2020

The April 29, 2020 Convention was held by Remote Teleconferencing Zoom Meetings, due to the continued Lockdown by the order of Governor Walz due to fears of the Wuhan Virus.

Sia Lo was endorsed by the Delegates and Seated Alternates by more than the Threshold of 60% of those allowed to vote.

The Convention Highlights in Order

Chair Mikki Murray presided over the convention with MNGOP Staffer Becky Alery aiding in running the nuts and bolts of the Zoom Meeting and the VVoter.com voting system.

Various Speakers running for different positions such as National Committeeman/Committeewoman, and Deputy Chair whose election is determined by the State Central Committee Convention on May 15, 2020 addressed the convention.  The National Committeewoman Seat is open as Janet Beihoffer is not running for another term.

Minnesota’s US Senate Candidates were allowed to address the Convention: Jason Lewis, Rob Barrett Jr, and Forest Hyatt.

Fourth Congressional District Republican Endorsement

CD 4 Republican Candidates Sia Lo, and Travis Ekbom were given some minutes to address the Convention about their candidacy for the Endorsement.  Voting by the VVoter.com system was used.  Sia Lo was nominated by Bob Cardinal of Maplewood, MN, Karin Housley, and a letter read by Dan “Doc” Severson in support of Sia Lo.

Mr Sia Lo was endorsed by at least 60% majority of the seated delegates and alternates. The Threshold for endorsement is 60 % of the Convention.

National Delegate Election

National Delegate Candidates we’re allowed to speak.  They were in order:  Patti Anderson, Former Rep Matt Dean, Sia Lo, Ted Risdahl, Tim Johnson, and Yele Mis Yang.

CD4 has a total of 3 Delegates and 3 numbered Alternates.

The National Delegates are: Matt Dean, Sia Lo, and Yele Mis Yang.

The Numbered Alternates are as Follows: A1 Patti Anderson, A2 Ted Risdahl, and A3 Tim Johnson

CD4 Republican Elector

The Electoral College is made up of Electors from each Congressional District in the United States plus two more per state and District of Columbia to represent the State’s two US Senators for a total of 538 Electors, a majority of the body is 270 Electoral Votes.  They vote on December 14, 2020 at each State Capitol after the general Election the month before has been certified. Two states Nebraska and Maine count Electoral votes for the Congressional Districts won whereas the remaining states have a winner takes all the States’ Electoral votes based on the popular vote of the state.

The Candidates for the CD4 Elector were in order allowed to speak: Jim Carson, Cris Jacobson, and John Rheinberger.

The Elector is Jim Carson, and the Alternate is Cris Jacobson.

Platform Planks

In the past heated debates took place over Platform Planks.

Perhaps where it is placed in the agenda and how much Convention time is allotted to it and the whole attitude towards the importance of the platform. There was a 20 minute discussion suspending the rules adopted at the start of the convention so Delegates and seated Alternates could debate individual planks. They were overruled and planks in a section were passed or not based on the section as a whole, not individually as it should be.  The mentality at this point was it was already a long Convention at over 3+ hours. It is sad it has come to this, our platform is what distinguishes us from the other party.

Other Business

Mostly the remaining business was about filling in the two open Vice Chair spots that had not been filled since the Officer elections last year in 2019.  Two candidates emerged for these spots, Peter Shen, and Greta Elsholtz. Since there were two open Vice Chair positions, Chair Murray asked for a motion to vote by acclamation (raise election hands icon). By unanimous vote Peter Shen and Greta Elsholtz were elected.

Other Business was a question of the lack of candidates running. It’s odd there wasn’t a listing of the endorsed Candidates so far. In St Paul as of this writing there are only two endorsed candidates from HD 66A Brett Rose, and SD 66 Greg Copeland.

Bob Zick announced he was going to run against Senator Chuck Wiger in SD 43.

State Central Committee Convention May 15, 2020

State Convention May 16, 2020

The Convention was adjourned at 11:01 pm.

HD 66B Republicans Tele-Convention 10 AM March 28th

If you are a delegate or alternate to House District 66B Republicans you should have received your Tele-Convention Call by now.

There is an Eventbrite about it sent out by the Republican Party of Minnesota which has a special code created just for you to enter. Then there is a $5.00 fee the State Party is charging to verify who you are.

As the HD 66B Republican Chair I objected to their charging the fee as it violates their constitution of NOT requiring a fee to participate. First the money goes to them not us, and I think they should be able to verify who people are by some other means such as entering your state Voter ID number (yes you have one, it’s listed in the GOP DataCenter database). To allow people to come to their own convention without an impediment. I complained enough as my financial situation couldn’t afford a fee, Chair Carnahan-Hagedorn waived the fee for me. If you would like your fee reimbursed to you as Chair I can authorize it, though at the next bpou meeting whenever 10 or more people can meet we can vote on it. However we have roughly $600+ in the bpou bank account.

Registration Starts on March 25, Ends March 27

Keep in mind to Register for the Convention you need to go to the Eventbrite link hd66b.eventbrite.com. There you’ll enter in your personalized code. Enter the phone number you’ll be using, indicate if you need a printed ballot too so you can vote for the CD 4 and State Convention Delegates. So you don’t need the internet to participate just a separate phone number in case you live with another delegate or alternate.

You can self nominate for either the CD4 or State Delegate/Alternates. If you have questions contact our MNGOP staffer Spencer Krier. His number is 507-402-7530.

Follow the Directions on the Call sent to you. The registration period ends 24 hours prior to the convention, which starts at 10:00 am on March 28th.


Party Platform Resolution to Vote On

There was one Party Platform that passed on Caucus Night, February 25, 2020. Delegate Elizabeth “Lizz” Paulson from St Paul Ward 5 Precinct 8 proposed the following resolution:

Property Taxes shall not be used to fund public schools, MN Public school districts and publicly funded education shall be paid for by State and Federal taxes.

Elizabeth Paulson, Delegate St Paul Ward 5 Precinct 8

During the convention if Mrs Paulson would like to explain the scope of this resolution in a 1-2 minute explanation she will be recognized. Discussion if necessary with pro and con speakers then an up or down vote will ensue.

Uncontested Senate District 66 Endorsement

Since there is only one Senate District 66 Republican Candidate Greg Copeland, and we meet as separate House Districts A & B, we can do separate endorsements for Candidate Copeland.

I just called the State Party and asked how this can be accomplished. Chair Carnahan-Hagedorn said we can vote for Greg Copeland here on the B Side. If there are no objections or anyone else running. Then the A Side would have to vote on April 11th. If there are no objections there. For an endorsement from the SD 66 Republicans there would have to be 60% of seated delegates and alternates from the total to be considered endorsed.

So Candidate Greg Copeland should speak on his candidacy briefly on the 28th and at the HD 66A Republicans Convention as well.


Once again we thank the Republican Party of Minnesota for helping us with our convention in the time period of physical distancing during this Chinese Virus period. We thank you for your patience and we pray for your safety.

We will get through this together and be stronger.

Tom Polachek, HD 66B Republicans Chair