Saturday, March 01, 2014

Off to the convention

The Minnesota state senate district where I reside (SD35, which covers the cities of Ramsey, Anoka, Andover and a sliver of Coon Rapids) holds its election year convention all day today. There will be the standard SD business such as haggling over convention rules, election of delegates to the State and Congressional District conventions, etc.

In my particular state House District (HD35A) there will be an endorsement battle for the Rep. Jim Abeler's House seat (Abeler is currently vying for the GOP nomination to oppose U.S. Senator Al Franken). While this particular endorsement contest won't be as high profile as the donnybrook that took place last weekend with the Wright County GOP, it's not without its intrigue. The two candidates in this race offer stark contrasts. 

Don Huizenga, age 48 and a longtime resident of Anoka, is the favorite of libertarians having been endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus of Minnesota. The other candidate is Abigail Whelan, age 26 and also an Anoka resident. She is a favorite of the social conservative wing of the party. 

In the event your interested in following the festivities, I will be live tweeting at the convention. You can find me on Twitter at @Brad_Carlson (or click this link). 
Happy convention-ing.

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