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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.

US Senate Candidate Jason Lewis: All Cities in Minnesota are Important

Republican 66Bers met with US Senate Candidate Jason Lewis at John’s Pizza Cafe on January 14, 2020. Pictured left to right: Paul Vlahutin, Jeff Carnes, Troy Penz, Rosalie Vlahutin, Jason Lewis, Travis Ekbom, R.T. Grels, Tom Polachek, Reed Skogerboe. Photo by Tom Szymanski.


US Senate Candidate Jason Lewis stopped in to address those at the HD 66B Republicans BPOU meeting on January 14, 2020. MN CD4 House of Representatives Candidate Travis Ekbom addressed those gathered briefly. Travis is the Vice Chair of Outreach for the HD 66B Republicans as well.

Jason Lewis said what we in St Paul know to be true, you can’t win the state of Minnesota without voters from the Cities of St Paul and Minneapolis. It is a hard fight in the City of Saint Paul as DFLers have been conditioned to vote for their party no matter what the results of DFL leaders actions are. No where in either city is there a majority of Republicans to enact responsible ordinances that serve citizens rather than the way DFL does government where citizens serve them. Those in power in these cities are never held accountable for their actions or their negligence.

Jason Lewis addressed the growing size of the Debt as it is a bi-partisan effort to dig this country deeper into debt. A question was asked by Reed Skogerboe if it was possible for the Government to pass a two year budget instead of having a Continuing Resolution to fund the Federal Government.

Jason said the discretionary budget is determined not through need so much, but rather through the dealing on other bills. To get some movement on some bills deals will be struck on spending in someone’s district or state. “Both parties,” he said, “sadly are responsible for runaway spending.” He continued saying revenues are up, there is no problem with revenue coming in especially with all the people who had been unemployed under Obama are now working and paying taxes.

“Both Parties sadly are responsible for Runaway Spending.”

Jason Lewis mentioned how he has met with Never-Trump people and he doesn’t understand how they can be so stubborn in not supporting a President that is leading the country in the right direction. He said President Trump has brought blue-collar workers into the party, and he is making great strides to break the mentality among Black Americans to vote for Democrats. It has only been since the Great Depression of the 1930’s since Black Americans have been voting for Democrats, prior to then they had been solid Republican voters.

Jason Lewis talked about the possibility of thousands of jobs in mining in the Iron Range of Northern Minnesota. The high grade iron ore on the Mesabi Range was used to make tanks, ships, and other vehicles in World War II. The copper and nickel stand to bring back the economies of towns up north. He mentioned Tina Smith is in the pocket of the Sierra Club.

Jason Lewis said there are many reasons to vote for Republicans this year. Trump has passed VA Hospital reform with the Mission Act, passed a trade deal with Mexico and Canada that reformed NAFTA to benefit American Workers and is working on reducing our trade deficit with other nations.

Tom Polachek, a US Army Vet, mentioned the problems he has had with the VA not paying his ambulance bills from March 2017 until recently after 32 months. He told Jason there is a group at the VA Minneapolis called, “Save Our VA,” pretending to be patients but is actually run by employees in the building. Jason said the VA is a Government Healthcare System that is a model for some Democrats in how they want your healthcare needs to be met. The Mission Act allows Vets to see a doctor in their own city. Tom says some departments have a long waiting list for Vets to to be seen by VA doctors. He scheduled a podiatry appointment in December 2019 and the earliest he could be seen is March 2020, so he is using the Mission Act to be seen earlier.

Jason Lewis wrapped up saying every block and precinct in St Paul is important to winning in November 2020 for Republicans.


After Jason Lewis left, MN CD4 House Candidate Travis Ekbom announced his Brewery Blitz events coming up, the first one at Big Wood Brewery on Thursday January 23 from. 6:30 to 8:30 pm in White Bear Lake. There will be a separate article about this and another for Sia Lo’s event on January 19th who is also running for the CD4 Republican Nomination.

Our next bpou meeting will be Saturday February 8th. Look for another post for more details. If you would like to be a convener in your precinct in the HD 66B Republican Precinct Caucuses on February 25, 2020, please send an email to mnhd66brepublicans@gmail.com with subject “Precinct Convener,” mention what precinct you live in. If you are unsure of your precinct see mnhd66brepublicans.org/maps.


This article was not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee, the MNGOP, nor the CD4 Republicans.