The Independence Party of Minnesota elected Mark Meyer of Lake Crystal as its new state party chairman Saturday at the annual state convention.
Meyer replaces Mark Jenkins, who didn’t seek reelection after four years as party chair.
The party lost its major party status last year when it didn’t garner the necessary 5 percent of votes in the statewide election. That means it won’t have automatic ballot access and will lose some public campaign subsidies.
Meyer, an employee benefits consultant, has been the party’s 1st District chair for four years. He was elected to a two-year term.
Before the convention, he told the Mankato Free Press that he has three ideas to restore the party to relevance:
- Better fundraising.
- Better organizational fundamentals, including making sure the website works, getting the phone answered and completing financial reports.
- Forming strong alliances with like-minded organizations.
Also at the convention the party elected Phil Fuehrer of St. Paul as executive director, and reelected Ben Thome as secretary and Sally Paulsen as treasurer.