Tuesday, March 03, 2015


OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CONVENTION CALLTo Delegates and Alternates to the Congressional District Six Republican Party of Minnesota.




Pursuant to the constitution of the Republican Party of Minnesota and pursuant to the Official 2015 call for the Republican Party of Minnesota authorized by the Republican Party of Minnesota State Chairman, the Congressional District Six Republican Party is hereby called to convene at:


Elk River High School Zabee Auditorium


900 School Street, Elk River, MN 55330


9:00 AM on Saturday, March 28th, 2015.




The Republican Party Congressional District 6 Convention shall be composed of Delegates and Alternates selected by the 2014 BPOU conventions.




Convention registration is open March 28th from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM.  Convention Registration is $35for Delegates and Alternates.  A $15 fee will be charged to each guest who is not a Delegate or Alternate over the age of 18. Pre-registration is open through March 18th. 






The Convention shall be held for the purpose of:


1.      Adoption of changes to the Congressional District 6 Constitution


2.      Election of Congressional District 6 Officers


3.      Transaction of other business as may properly come before the convention




Those seeking a position as a Congressional District 6 party officer should contact: Chairman, Luke Yurczyk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Nominations Committee Chair, Jameson Wakefield at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Requests to be nominated will not be accepted after March 23, 2015. 




Issued at the City of Sartell, State of Minnesota, on the 1st day of March, 2015.







Luke Yurczyk,


Chairman, Congressional District Six Republican Party




NOTE:  A quorum is needed to transact any business.  Your attendance is extremely important.


The 2015 CD6 Convention will be on March 28th at Elk River High School. More details to follow.

Well, the election results statewide didn't turn out as we had hoped, but thanks to the hard work of countless volunteers, staffers, and our great candidates we have some great news. There is no longer a DFLer elected to State House or Senate that lives in CD6.

Tom Emmer was elected to replace Congresswoman Michele Bachmann with 56%

Jeff Johnson, Mike McFadden, Randy Gilbert, Dan Severson, and Scott Newman all received more votes than their opponents within CD6.

CD6 will be sending 4 new Republican Representatives to St. Paul. Eric Lucero (30B), Jim Nash (47A), and Abigail Whelan (35A) held open Republican seats. Jim Knoblach (14B) defeated a DFL incumbent for a pick up in a tough DFL leaning District.

Our Republican candidate for 37A, Mandy Benz fell just 659 votes short and out performed all other Republicans in the District. She worked hard and deserved to win. She and her campaign deserve a round of applause and gratitude. In a tough year, and a tough District, they almost pulled it off.

** The only House District with a DFLer elected is 37A which is only partially in CD6. Jerry Newton (DFL) won but he lives in CD3. The Senator for 37 Alice Johnson also lives in CD3.

Thank you to everyone who helped door knock, lit drop, put up lawn signs, and helped spread the word to voters this election. We would especially like to thank the volunteers who made GOTV calls at our Victory Office the last 6 days of the election. Our candidates could not have done it with out all of you.

Congratulations to our 2015-2016 MN House Republicans representing CD6 in St. Paul.

13 A    Jeff Howe   
13 B    Tim O'Driscoll   
14 A    Tama Theis  
14 B    Jim Knoblach - Elect   
15 A    Sondra Erickson  
15 B    Jim Newberger 
29 A    Joe McDonald   
29 B    Marion O'Neill   
30 A    Nick Zerwas   
30 B    Eric Lucero - Elect  
31 A    Kurt Daudt   
31 B    Tom Hackbarth  
35 A    Abigail Whelan - Elect
35 B    Peggy Scott  
37 B    Tim Sanders   
38 A    Linda Runbeck  
38 B    Matt Dean   
39 A    Bob Detmer 
39 B    Kathy Lohmer 
47 A    Jim Nash - Elect

We weathered the DFL storm here in CD6. Let's celebrate our wins. Republicans did win the State House so Governor Dayton and the DFL Senate don't have a blank check.

Get some rest. The next election is only 734 days away. We have a lot of work to do and we need to get to it right away in 2015. The State House & Senate are up for election in 2016. Its a Presidential year so there's going to be plenty of distractions. The work at the grassroots level is key to winning elections.

All BPOUs, CD6, and the State party will all have leadership elections in the beginning of the year. Don't forget to show up to your off year BPOU and CD conventions. We need to make sure we elect hard working and dedicated Officers at all levels of the party.


Thank you again to all who ran and volunteered their precious time this election.


Andy Aplikowski – CD6 State Vice Chair & Treasurer


Here are the endorsed Republican candidates for the 2014 election cycle. The following would serve Legislative Districts entirely or partially within the 6th Congressional District or Statewide offices.

Find out which District you live in by clicking here.

Note: The Minnesota Senate is not up for reelection until 2016. 

  Candidate Links  
 US House Tom Emmer Facebook - Web - Twitter  Open (R)
US Senate Mike McFadden
Facebook - Web - Twitter  (D)
  Candidate Links  
Governor & Lt. Gov. Jeff Johnson & Bill Kuisle  Facebook - Web - Twitter  (D)
Secretary of State Dan Severson  Facebook - Web - Twitter  OPEN (D)
Attorney General Scott Newman  Facebook - Web - Twitter  (D)
Auditor Randy Gilbert  Facebook - Web - Twitter  (D)
MN House
Candidate Website  
13 A Jeff Howe Facebook - Web  Incumbent
13 B Tim O'Driscoll Web  Incumbent
14 A Tama Theis  Twitter  Incumbent
14 B Jim Knoblach Web  (D)
15 A Sondra Erickson Web  Incumbent
15 B Jim Newberger Web  Incumbent
29 A Joe McDonald Web  Incumbent
29 B Marion O'Neill Web  Incumbent
30 A Nick Zerwas Facebook - Web  Incumbent
30 B Eric Lucero Web -  Open (R)
31 A Kurt Daudt Web  Incumbent
31 B Tom Hackbarth Web  Incumbent
35 A Abigail Whelan Facebook - Web - Twitter  Open (R)
35 B Peggy Scott Facebook - Web -  Incumbent
37 A Mandy Benz Facebook - Web - Twitter  (D)
37 B Tim Sanders Facebook - Web - Twitter  Incumbent
38 A Linda Runbeck Web  Incumbent
38 B Matt Dean Web  Incumbent
39 A Bob Detmer Web  Incumbent
39 B Kathy Lohmer Web  Incumbent
47 A Jim Nash
Facebook - Web - Twitter  Open (R)

Tom Emmer won the endorsement of the CD6 Republicans today with 76% of the vote on Saturday April 12, 2014.

Congratulations to him, his family, and his campaign team for a well run and successful campaign.

Emmer for Congress

Chairman Yurczyk had the following to say,

"The CD6 Republicans congratulate Tom Emmer on earning our endorsment on Saturday.  Mr. Emmer received 76% of the vote on the first ballot.  We appreciate the time and effort he spent travelling the district to meet with delegates and gain their support.

We look forward to working alongside Mr. Emmer to help him spread his message of fiscal discipline to voters throughout the 6th District.  His straight-talk and unmatched work-ethic make him uniquely positioned to earn the support of voters in the Primary and on Election Day."


Congresswoman Bachmann announced her decision not to seek a 5th term in Congress this morning.

CD6 Republicans leadership released this statement:

"We thank Congresswoman Bachmann for her years of hard work for the people of the 6th congressional district and her unflinching commitment to conservative principles.   Her voice and tireless efforts will be missed in Congress, but we trust she will continue to be a strong advocate for conservative, Constitutional government. "

Donate to the CD6 Republicans to help ensure we have the resources to keep CD6 in Republican hands.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will start running a TV ad reminding Minnesotans how she is fighting to prevent Obamacare's disastrous effects from taking place.

You can see the ad here.

By T.W. Budig at the Star News

Sixth District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann visited the State Capitol on Monday, March 18, to advocate for two north metro transportation projects.

Flanked by a semi-circle of Republican legislators and local leaders, Bachmann pushed for funding lane additions on Interstate 94 — a business-life artery, said one business leader — and dollars for improvements on heavily traveled Highway 10.

“One thing we all know is politics is a team sport,” said Bachmann, touting her own efforts by citing hundreds of meetings with district officials and speaking of shared resolve on transportation.

A parade of business leaders stepped to the podium to stress the importance of Highway 10 and I-94 to their businesses.

Read the rest here

Chair: Luke Yurczk

Deputy Chair: Heather Todd

State Vice Chair: Jen Niska

Treasurer & Finance Director: Andy Aplikowski (Designee to be appointed March 26)

Secretary: Evan Siljander

Outreach Coordinator: Stacy Morse

Wright County Vice Chair: Jameson Wakefield

Carver County Vice Chair: Frank Long

Benton County Vice Chair: Carol Rupar

Stearns County Vice Chair: Tom Ellenbecker

Sherburne County Vice Chair: Joel Gindele

Anoka County Vice Chair: Jim Bendtsen

Washington County Vice Chair: Eric Langness

CD6 Representative Nick Zerwas 30A was profiled by ABC Newspapers.

Elk River Republican State Rep. Nick Zerwas, District 30A, is a rookie in the Minnesota Legislature this session, but he is learning the ropes very quickly by introducing several bills.

The 32-year-old state legislator looks at his role as another challenge in life and he has had many.

Many may not know that Zerwas has been battling heart problems all of his life. He has had 10 open heart surgeries, the last one being in 2007. He was even on the heart transplant list at a younger age.

Zerwas is a champion of community service and does not regard his health issues as an impediment to success in politics. “I hit my doors last summer during the campaign when door knocking,” he proudly says. Traveling from his office in the State Office Building to the State Capitol, Zerwas admits that reaching the incline in the tunnel is also challenging.

Being in the minority party has not stopped Zerwas from cranking out legislation in three major areas:

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