Mankato, MN – The Independence Party of Minnesota endorsed candidates for all five statewide constitutional office races at its state convention in Mankato on Saturday, May 17, 2014.
Kevin Terrell, a business consultant from Minneapolis, was endorsed for the U.S. Senate.
Hannah Nicollet, a software developer from Roseville, was endorsed as the party’s gubernatorial candidate. Nicollet has not yet selected her running mate for lieutenant governor.
Brandan Borgos, an attorney from West Saint Paul, received unanimous endorsement for Attorney General.
Pat Dean, a business owner from Lake Elmo, also received unanimous endorsement for State Auditor.
Bob Helland, a business process analyst from Saint Paul, was unanimously endorsed for his Secretary of State race.
“Our Delegates have continued their long history of endorsing candidates who are eminently qualified to serve the people of Minnesota,” stated Independence Party Chair, Mark Jenkins, “I am thrilled with the experience and vision our candidates will deliver to voters of Minnesota over the next six months, and beyond.”
The Independence Party Delegates also passed platform resolutions opposing the Supreme Court’s ruling on “Citizen’s United”, supporting the sale of liquor and automobiles on Sundays, supporting Ranked Choice Voting “local options” legislation, supporting adequate funding for Minnesota’s rural infrastructure and supporting renewable energy made in Minnesota.
A resolution was also passed that called for the suspension of the current recreational wolf hunting and trapping season and calling for a return to the original wolf management goals and methods. These include the mandated five-year waiting period between de-listing an endangered species and allowing hunting and trapping.