The 2015 state convention will feature businessman Greg Orman as its keynote speaker. Orman – a Minnesota native who was raised in Mankato, MN – is a Kansas businessman and entrepreneur who launched a historic independent bid for Senate this part year, mounting a tough challenge to a longtime Republican incumbent in a deep-red state, vastly exceeding expectations and turning it into one of the most competitive races in the country. Orman has continued his advocacy for political reform, and is working to give a voice to unrepresented independents and other voters in the sensible middle and to seek common-ground solutions to the nation’s most difficult public policy issues.
Former Independence Party Gubernatorial candidate Tim Penny will also be speaking at the Convention. Penny represented Minnesota’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1982 to 1994. Prior to that, he was a member of the Minnesota State Senate from 1976 to 1982. Penny now serves as the President and CEO of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
In addition to hearing from these two strong independent political speakers, Independence Party Delegates will consider proposed changes to the party’s constitution and elect State Party Officers. The Independence Party will have a new State Party Chair at the end of its convention. Current Chair, Mark Jenkins, is not seeking reelection to a third term.
The public is invited to attend the event to hear from two truly independent political voices in American politics. More information about the convention is available on the Independence Party website: MNIP.org.
Mark Jenkins, Chair
Independence Party of Minnesota