The Republican Party of Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District held it’s convention Saturday April 21st in Crystal, MN to endorse it’s candidate for Congress.
Two candidates were vying for the opportunity to go up against Keith Ellison in November. Christopher Chamberlin, resident of St. Cloud who had previously unsuccessfully ran for President, Governor and briefly US Senate against party activist, CD5 2017 Volunteer of the Year, and South Minneapolis resident Jennifer Zielinski.
Ms. Zielinski won by a landslide majority of the delegates and will be the Republican endorsed candidate. Jennifer was born and raised in the Twin Cities and currently resides in South Minneapolis. She is a graduate of University of Minnesota and now works as a clinical specialist for Allina Health.
Jennifer Zielinski expressed her desire to lead CD5 Get out the Vote efforts and help fellow Republican candidates with local and state-wide elections. When asked about Keith Ellison’s recent comment “women are dying because we (Democrats) are losing elections” Jennifer quipped back: “I am alive and well.”
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I want to first thank those who attended the convention last Saturday and especially those who helped run the show. We conducted the necessary business and endorsed Frank Drake, a great candidate to take on Keith Ellison. Take a moment to visit & like Frank Drake’s facebook page. Unfortunately as with all things conducted by normal people, the process was not perfect and some mistakes were made.
The balloting for all three delegates and the two Rubio alternates went very well. The same cannot be said for the Cruz alternate slot. There was a discrepancy within SD46 which led to those votes initially being held to the side. After the discrepancy was resolved, the votes were counted. The final tally however had those votes tallied twice. The highest vote total for the Cruz alternate slot was for Christina Pierson, but as those that attended know, Anne Taylor was declared the winner at the convention.
We had planned to release the vote totals upon request last weekend, but a question from Christina led to this error being discovered and the delay. We used that time to confirm that all of the other winners were correctly reported. They were, and the vote totals are included in this email.
Jesse Pfliger who served as head teller asked me to relay that the counting error was not the fault of the other tellers. The double counting of SD46’s votes occurred on his tally sheet. He has taken responsibility for the error and has apologized to me and the district. I appreciate Jesse’s hard work and his honesty in owning up to the mistake.
After discovering the error we apologized to both Anne Taylor and Christina Pierson. Jesse and I did an unofficial recount with Anne (observed by Susan McDonald and Don Bumgarner) displaying that Christina Pierson was indeed the winner. Because we did not include a provision for a recount in our convention rules, Robert’s Rules of Order controls. In this case, after the convention adjourns, there is no procedural way to correct this mistake. With this information at hand, Anne Taylor has decided not to step aside. She decided to retain her position as the Cruz alternate.
Christina Pierson has asked that the 5th CD take no further action and focus on the upcoming elections. I am especially grateful to Christina for her grace and understanding in this difficult situation. If she decides to run at the state convention, she will have my full support.
Finally, on a personal note, I want to apologize to the entire district. I knew this would be a contested race. After hearing horror stories of “party bosses” in various parts of the state making unfair rule changes to inhibit the Ron Paul supporters in 2008, I wanted an open and fair convention. We made the nominations process as easy as possible, allowed people to change their minds as to which candidate slot they were voting for, and tried our best to ensure that everyone had access to the lists and data to conduct campaigns. We were not always as timely in this effort, and it is unfortunate that I have to say that ultimately we failed. Moving forward, I will recommend that we include a rule allowing for recounts or re-balloting.
Chairman, Minnesota 5th Congressional District Republican Party
RNC Delegate & Alternate Races
|Rubio Delegate Race||Rubio Alternate Race|
|Candidate Name||Vote Total||Candidate Name||Vote Total|
|Brenda Alexander||3||Brenda Alexander||3|
|Tim Anderson||4||Tim Anderson||7|
|Scott Anderson||4||Scott Anderson||6|
|Travis Anderson||0||Travis Anderson||0|
|Corinne Braun||1||Corinne Braun||2|
|Melanie Broida||1||Melanie Broida||0|
|Eric Chad||6||Eric Chad||12|
|Joshua Colburn||1||Joshua Colburn||0|
|Frank Drake||4||Frank Drake||6|
|Hans Hanson||0||Hans Hanson||1|
|Michael Harad||42||Curtis Heyda||3|
|Curtis Heyda||5||Allison Hopeman||17|
|Allison Hopeman||9||Ryan Hopeman||7|
|Ryan Hopeman||4||Joseph Jablonski||9|
|Joseph Jablonski||8||Juliette Jordal||11|
|Juliette Jordal||5||Michael Korman||21|
|Michael Korman||22||Claire Leiter||25|
|Claire Leiter||11||Bill Matekis||12|
|Bill Matekis||10||Theresa Murray||10|
|Susan McDonald||54||Gary Novitsky||1|
|Theresa Murray||10||Rose Osterbauer||0|
|Gary Novitsky||0||Javier Quito||11|
|Rose Osterbauer||0||Leah Reiter-Proctor||10|
|Javier Quito||4||Mathew Salzwedel||12|
|Leah Reiter-Proctor||7||Kevin Sawyer||7|
|Mathew Salzwedel||10||Jacqueline Smith-America||19|
|Kevin Sawyer||7||K. Luke Wendt||6|
|Jacqueline Smith-America||10||Jeremiah Wingstedt||39|
|K. Luke Wendt||4|
|Cruz Delegate Race||Cruz Alternate Race|
|Candidate Name||Vote Total||Canddidate Name||Vote Total||Reported in Error|
|Janice Bartko||1||Janice Bartko||5|
|Bryan Bjornson||3||Bryan Bjornson||2|
|Mathew Bowman||12||Mathew Bowman||12|
|Jennifer Breitinger||17||Jennifer Breitinger||17|
|Don Bumgarner||57||Dan Crowley||6|
|Dan Crowley||4||Dennis D.||2|
|Dennis D.||2||Joel Helgeson||10|
|Joel Helgeson||7||Christina Pierson||44||42|
|Christina Pierson||7||Anne Taylor||31||44|
|Highest Vote, Not Delegate|
Rubio: Micheal Harad, Susan McDonald
Cruz: Donald Bumgarner
Rubio: Jeremiah Wengsted, Claire Lighter
Cruz: Anne Taylor
K. Luke Wendt
Chair Calls Endorsement “More of the Same”
Fifth Congressional District Republican Party Chair David Pascoe criticized Keith Ellison’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders on Monday. In a statement to GOP activists, he derided the choice and Ellison’s record.
Pascoe said: “It’s no surprise that I’m criticizing Keith Ellison and it’s not really a surprise that Ellison would endorse Sanders. I applaud the Congressman for not jumping on the ultimately doomed Hillary bandwagon, but his support for Sanders is disappointing. Ellison and Sanders both say they favor individual civic engagement but whenever they put forth a solution to a problem it always involves a massive expansion of the federal government. The endorsement is more of the same from Ellison, a congressman who is most adept at self-promotion and lip-service to the problems of the people in his district.”
The Fifth Congressional District Republican Party is a grassroots organization focused on common sense, individualized solutions to the problems of people in the West Metro and Minneapolis. We endorse fiscal discipline, civil rights, and local control of government.
By David Pascoe, JD/MBA
The transit options for twin-cities residents are lackluster at best. Infrequent busses, traffic gridlock, and a few light rail lines demand a solution. Unfortunately when the leaders in power put their heads together their marquee project is: a streetcar line.
I won’t go into all the details on why a streetcar line is bad. Just ask Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation member Carol Becker or former Minneapolis mayoral candidate Cam Winton and they’ll tell you all the point by point negatives. In general streetcars are inflexible, slow, and vastly more expensive than other projects.
They are popular because they are a vanity item for city officials (no one wants their name on a bus stop). Streetcars are a nice boondoggle for connected construction companies. They are also a bit of corporate welfare to real estate developers who can buy up property along a proposed route.
I understand that buses have several negative connotations, but would it not be worth it to try and change that? Busses are relatively inexpensive and extremely flexible modes of transit. What if a city like Minneapolis decided to be a trend-setter instead of following a streetcar full of lemmings off a cliff?
First, busses on downtown routes could be-redesigned to look like…streetcars. All the kitschy vanity you want at a fraction of the cost! On the inside they could be redesigned to look like a train-car with several access/egress points. All of the money that would have been dumped into a streetcar line could go towards building bus shelters in less frequented areas, and these new shelters could be equipped with a system tracking the next bus’s arrival time.
I did not enjoy waiting for a late 17D bus on a street corner in mid-January. I think we can do better.
The major issue preventing a bus renaissance is the perception that busses are for less affluent people. Trendy twenty-somethings (and want-to-be twenty-somethings) desire sleek and modern. We could make that happen. Unfortunately, instead of modernizing the most cost-effective transit system, we’ve been sold the lazy lie that a 100+ year old technology is the best hope for the future.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m putting a spoiler, racing stripes, and some futuristic sound effects on my covered wagon so I can sell it to the MET Council for a billion dollars.