Independence Party of Minnesota selects Mark Meyer as new party chair

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.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by John Ellenbecker on 06/08/2015 - 12:09 pm.


    If the Independence Party really wants to become relevant, they need to begin to actually stand for something – to have an actual position on issues. As an example, there is no Independence Party position on tax policy. If I vote for an Independence Party candidate, will I get someone who will support a progressive income tax? No income tax? Flat tax? The lack of a platform that actually spells out policy positions on major issues is the great flaw of the Independence Party. It isn’t enough to simply say it is an alternative to the GOP and DFL – it actually has to stand for something.

  2. Submitted by Philip Fuehrer on 06/08/2015 - 05:21 pm.

    New Relevance

    To a point you are correct Mr. Ellenbecker – though as I noted to a comment of yours last September the IP has 5 planks that are reflections of tax policy (no, not your exact version/question but there is language there).

    More to the actual point – I agree with the need for a firmer, more comprehensive platform and it is one of the issues under which I was elected to the executive director position. You WILL see a much stronger Independence Party and can follow our blog on the state party web site to begin seeing where we are going.

    There is new relevance afoot – we welcome you to join us.

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