Keith Downey, the new Minnesota Republican Party chair, will speak at the St. Paul Republican Party caucus Tuesday night.
The St. Paul group, which is always fighting an uphill battle in the predominantly DFL city, is meeting in preparation for the city mayoral and school board elections this year.
So far, there’s no announced Republican challenger to DFL Mayor Chris Coleman.
Greg Copeland, the party’s city committee chairman, said the group is anxious to “to build a new coalition of disaffected Democrats and independents who share Republicans’ desire to change the direction of city government and St. Paul Public Schools.”
As for a mayoral challenge, Copeland said:
“The caucus Tuesday will give potential candidates the opportunity to speak directly with their fellow St. Paul grassroots Republicans to assess whether a run for mayor is a challenge they want to take on.”
He also said potential school board candidates also may discuss their plans before making formal campaign announcements.
Tuesday’s caucus is at 6:30 p.m. at the Hazel Park Preparatory Academy, at 1140 White Bear Ave.