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