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.
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.
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.