Our Minnesota Candidates – SD49 & SD50
Here are the names and campaign websites/Facebook pages for endorsed Republican candidates that voters in our area may see on their ballots. Early voting starts September 18 for the Nov. 3 General Election. Voting districts for the various offices overlap or split city boundaries and aren’t uniform, so not every candidate shown will be on your ballot. Your voting location may have changed; to verify where you'll vote CLICK HERE for the MN Secretary of State site's poll finder. Also, double check a sample ballot on that site to see all the names that will be shown. CLICK HERE.
Joe Thalman - MN House 49B (W. Bloomington, south Edina, NE Eden Prairie, SE Minnetonka)
Gary Heyer - MN House 50B (E. Bloomington, Richfield)
Dean Mumbleau - MN Senate 50 (E. Bloomington, Richfield)
Kendall Qualls - US Congressional District 3 – (Bloomington, most of Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka)
Lacy Johnson - US Congressional District 5 – (N. Edina, Minneapolis)
Jason Lewis - US Senate (entire state of MN)
Donald J. Trump - President
Mike Pence - Vice President
SD49 Hosts Film and Candidates September 13
We had a great turn-out for our first Film and Candidates event in August, so we are doing it again. Join us on Sunday evening, September 13 for a special viewing of Larry Elder’s film, Uncle Tom, at the Mann Theater in Hopkins. Not only can you view a very thought-provoking film, but you will also have the opportunity to hear from several of our exciting Republican candidates. We have invited Jason Lewis, Kendall Qualls, and a few local MN Senate and House candidates to speak to us live!
SD49 Republicans have made a special arrangement with the Mann Theater management for a dedicated screening auditorium. Tickets will cost $10 and will be limited to the first 100 people that register so that we can be compliant with physical distancing mandates.
Doors will open at 6 pm on September 13. Please come early to meet the candidates. The concession stand will be open if you wish to enjoy the full movie experience. We will urge all ticket-holders to take their seats by 6:30 pm to allow time for short speeches by the candidates. The film will start shortly after 7 pm.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the film, and to reserve your seat.
A Time for Remembrance and Reflection
By Barb and Randy Sutter
In the recent past, it has been a challenge to fully take up the traditions of this time of year, of Passover and Easter. It has been hard to step outside of our lives, so full of worldly distractions and self-gratification, and truly focus on remembrance, on reflection, and on gratitude to a power greater than ourselves.
This year has been different. There is little to distract us from the barrage of dark news. There is little gratification in the austerity of our social isolation.
Perhaps more than ever, this is the time for remembrance of the hardships that our forebears encountered. This is the time to reflect on the freedoms that we take for granted, on the personal responsibilities that we ignore while insisting on our rights.
Now is the time to pray to our God for his mercy, that He will give us the strength to stay the course and to help us meet the challenges that we are facing.
Those that are continuing to work at critical jobs deserve our sincere thanks. May we all commit to reflect in our conduct and in our action a caring attitude toward our neighbors. Let us look forward to greeting each other warmly when we all emerge from this sad chapter, hopefully having learned something positive that we can incorporate in our lives as we get back on track.
January 28 Program: Rep. Ilhan Omar and the 2020 State Legislative Outlook
Steve Drazkowski represents the area around Mazeppa in the Minnesota legislature and is the leader of the New House Republican Caucus. He is the past chair of the Property Tax and Local Government Finance Committee. He has been pushing the US House Committee on Ethics and the Internal Revenue Service to investigate Ilhan Omar. Rep. Drazkowski was our featured speaker at the first SD49 dinner program of the 2020 season, on January 28.
To read more about his presentation CLICK HERE
Fall Conversation Nov. 22 Examined Metro Congressional Races
2020 will be a monumental year in politics in Minnesota. The Presidential race is garnering the most attention, but Congressional races could well prove pivotal in determining the future direction of the country. What will it take for Republican candidates for Congress to successfully run in the Minneapolis metropolitan area?
Our annual “Fall Conversation” took place on Friday, November 22. It probed the challenges and opportunities in running for Congress in our area. Kendall Qualls and Lacy Johnson gave us their thoughts and answered our questions. Both are seeking endorsement in their Congressional districts, and both bring inspiring life stories and motivating enthusiasm to their campaigns. Max Rymer was our moderator.