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St. Paul Republicans to meet and consider challenge in mayor’s race

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.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Gary Doan on 04/15/2013 - 01:06 pm.

    Why try?

    Conservatives would be better served by moving out of DFL controlled cities. The Republicans only get elected to fix economic messes created by Democrats. As long as the cities of Mpls and St Paul can keep functioning, they will continue to elect Democrats, until they totally fail like Detroit did. Detroit has finally elected Republicans to fix the problems, so at least there is a chance they may recover now.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 04/15/2013 - 01:44 pm.

      DFL Controlled Cities

      What does the GOP have to offer voters in the core cities? Maybe, just maybe, Republicans would stand a better chance of being elected in Minneapolis and St. Paul if they spent less time focusing on their pet issues. Minneapolis, once upon a time (and not that long ago), regularly elected Republicans. When Arne Carlson was in the Legislature, he represented a neighborhood in Minneapolis. Of course, that was before the litmus tests of abortion and gun control became the determinants of whom the Republicans would endorse (never mind the gay bashing).

      “Detroit has finally elected Republicans . . .” Not exactly: The Republicans in Detroit were appointed to run the city by the Governor. The people of Detroit didn’t get a say in the matter.

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