Monthly Archive for June, 2016

Congratulations to our endorsed candidate Tony Jurgens!

Tony Jurgens Candidate for House District 54B

Tony Jurgens
Candidate for
House District 54B

At our endorsing convention yesterday evening, delegates voted to endorse Tony Jurgens of Cottage Grove in the race for the Minnesota House District 54B seat. Congratulations Tony!

We are excited about our endorsed candidates and we urge you give them your support!

Life is about making a difference in people’s lives

Keith Franke District 54A

Keith Franke
Candidate for
House District 54A

by Keith Franke, 06/19/2016.

Some men plan their lives and decide when having kids will work best and some men are taken by surprise when fatherhood arrives. In both cases men have an epiphany that they are now a father and life is about more than just themselves and their needs. Suddenly your life revolves around the safety and growth of your children. Suddenly you have to reassess what is important and what takes priority in your life.

I am so thankful for my two wonderful daughters that brought me to my own personal epiphany of what life means and how I can choose to live it. I owe a lot of my personal growth to managing the ebb and flow of raising my children.

Life is about touching people and making a difference in their lives.

As I face the challenge of furthering my ability to affect the lives of others by running for a higher office I thank my children and grandchildren for being a constant reminder of how I can positively impact their future and those in my community. I want to give my best effort so my kids and all kids can grow and succeed in a safe and nurturing environment that I can help shape. Being a father takes a lot of humility to admit when you don’t know all of the answers and need to ask for help and it takes a lot of patience and diligence to make sure your message is heard.

Being a father has been the most demanding, frustrating and tiring job I have had but it has also been the most satisfying, rewarding and enriching. Thank you Kassie, Brenna, Lily and Jordyn for making me a better man and a lucky father!



Team Franke volunteer opportunities

Keith Franke District 54A

Keith Franke
Candidate for
House District 54A

by Keith Franke, 06/10/2016.

Hello! Summer is here and that means graduations, weddings, cabins and fairs! I know everyone has many things on your summer to do list but I hope you have room for one more fun event.

Parade season is almost in full swing and like most candidates I will be walking in all of the parades in cities in District 54A. These include:

Strawberry Festival June 18th — Cottage Grove
Kaposia Days June 24th (evening parade) — South St Paul
Pioneer Day August 14th — Newport
Heritage Days August 20th — St Paul Park

If anyone would like to walk in any or all of these parades please let me know and I will send out informational emails prior to the event to give specific times and locations etc.

Also at Strawberry Festival we will be having an informational booth in the marketplace if sitting in the shade for an hour is more your style.

Please send me an email at and let me know when I can count on your help this summer!

Thanks for your support!

Keith Franke

Help needed for the Strawberry Festival Grande Day Parade

Leilani Holmstadt for Senate District 54

Leilani Holmstadt for Senate District 54

Help Needed for the Strawberry Festival Grande Day Parade on Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 AM!

Please join candidate Leilani Holmstadt for the wonderful annual Strawberry Festival Grande Day Parade, scheduled for Saturday, June 18th, 2016.

Lineup begins at 8:00 AM and Leilani’s lineup number is 36. Please see the map below for directions. Lineup begins at the corner of Jamaica and 80th Street S. in Cottage Grove.

This is the first parade of the campaign season and Leilani is counting on your support so that she can win in November. T-shirts and water will be provided.

For more information, please visit:

Strawberry Festival Parade, Sat. June 18 at 8 AM!

Strawberry Festival Parade, Sat. June 18 at 8 AM!

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Executive Committee meeting June 7

Important-DateThe Senate District 54 Republicans invites you to attend our monthly executive committee meeting on Tuesday, June 7.

We will discuss plans for an endorsement convention for replacing Rep. Denny McNamara who has faithfully served HD 54B for 14 years and is declining running for another term. We will miss him and want to support all our candidates who will be running for election this fall.

All interested Republicans are welcome to attend the executive committee meeting. We welcome you! Got questions or suggestions? Please share!

When: Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 7:00 pm
Where: Lighthouse Baptist Church, 9979 80th St. S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing you.

Yours truly,

Faye Hatch
Chairperson, Minnesota Senate District 54 Republicans