ROCHESTER, Minn. – The 2022 Minnesota Republican State Convention is coming back to Rochester.
GOP State Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan made the announcement Thursday. The convention will be held May 13 and 14 at the Mayo Civic Center.
"We are excited to announce our 2022 State Convention will be held at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester next spring," says Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan. "Rochester is one of Minnesota's most vibrant cities and we are excited to host this important event in southern Minnesota ahead of the 2022 election."
The Minnesota GOP says over 2,200 delegates and alternates from Minnesota's eight congressional districts will gather to endorse candidates for statewide races for Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and State Auditor. The convention will be a milesone moment in the midterm election cycle, which Chair Carnahan tells KIMT presents Minnesotans with an important choice on the state's future.
"We've been living under Governor Walz's unilateral rule for well over a year now, where he's personally and individually made decisions that have impacted our families, our schools, our children, our businesses, and are still having a negative impact. We need to show Minnesota that we can do better, and we deserve better."
Political analyst Rayce Hardy says the convention should not only be good for Rochester from an economic standpoint but will allow Republicans to try and sway Olmsted County into voting for the GOP after failing to win over the county during the presidential election.
Hardy explained, "Biden only won 13 of the counties in Minnesota and all the rest went to Trump and one of those 13 was Olmsted County so there's importance there for the Republican also trying to get more votes."
The State Republican Convention has not been held in Rochester since 2014. It was to have been held in Rochester in 2020 but was changed to an online event due to the COVID pandemic.