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. Some endorsed candidates still face Primary election challengers August 11, and Primary voter turnout for them is especially important. Early voting starts June 26 for the Primary. 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. Sample ballots for your specific area will be available at the Secretary of State website CLICK HERE.
Joe Thalman - MN House 49B (W. Bloomington, south Edina, NE Eden Prairie, SE Minnetonka)
Website under construction
Gary Heyer - MN House 50B (E. Bloomington, Richfield)
Brad Aho - Hennepin County Commissioner, District 6 – (Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka)
Primary Aug. 11
Kendall Qualls - US Congressional District 3 – (Bloomington, most of Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka)
Primary Aug. 11
Lacy Johnson - US Congressional District 5 – (N. Edina, Minneapolis)
Primary Aug. 11
Jason Lewis - US Senate (entire state of MN)
Primary Aug. 11
Donald J. Trump - President
Mike Pence - Vice President
Inspiring Candidates Speak at Pints & Pent-up
Southwest metro Republicans held their fourth Pints & Pent-up Zoom meeting on June 8 with a stellar group of candidates and campaign representatives on board.
Thomas Knecht of the Kendall Qualls campaign led off describing volunteer opportunity to write and send out post cards to introduce Qualls to neighbors and friends.
Brad Aho followed, pointing out we should all be concerned about the long-term consequences of defunding the Minneapolis police. He said that our help would be important in ensuring that he finishes at the top of the upcoming Hennepin County District 6 primary.
Lacy Johnson, Republican-endorsed candidate for US Congress, was our featured guest. He said that he will be working hard to give voters in the 5th Congressional District a clear alternative to Ilhan Omar. He reported that the lack of DFL condemnation of the looting and property destruction in the south Minneapolis business areas has been particularly telling. He would appreciate the names and addresses of anyone that would want to host one of his lawn signs ahead of the August primary.
Senate candidate Jason Lewis pointed out that our media have not been demanding to know the reaction of senior DFL politicians like Sen. Tina Smith to the rioting and looting and the calls for the disbanding of the Minneapolis police force. She and most of her DFL Congressional colleagues have been conspicuously quiet. He underscored how important this election is and how motivated we should be to work to ensure the election of candidates that share our views.
In the final half hour, House District 49B candidate Joe Thalman and House District 50B candidate Gary Heyer introduced themselves. They agreed that this is not a time to be quiet or passive in support of liberty and personal freedoms. Both promised to campaign vigorously and to do whatever they can to engage voters in our local area.
This Pints & Pent-up went for almost two hours, but the time went by quickly. We don’t yet know if Gov Walz will relax the lockdown of bars and restaurants to the point that we will be able to meet in our usual networking mode in July. If we cannot find a venue to host our event, we will be back again with another Pints & Pent-up on July 13. We’ll let you know in our next newsletter!
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.