Seven candidates seeking endorsement at convention

At our BPOU convention on Saturday, one of the tasks is to endorse candidates for our three seats in the MN Legislature. We are very much encouraged by the people who have stepped forward seeking our endorsement. There are seven candidates seeking endorsement for the three seats.

We want to introduce to you the candidates seeking endorsement. Please read the candidate-submitted biographical info below. Feel free to contact them–they are eager to connect with you.

At the conclusion of our convention, three of these folks will emerge as our endorsed candidates. We are eager to support them in the elections this fall. Our community is fed up, motivated, and ready to work hard to win all three seats for the Republicans.

Seven Candidates Seeking Endorsement for Three Seats

The members of the SD54 Republicans Nominating Committee interviewed the following candidates and found them qualified to run for a legislative seat in Senate District 54:

    Dean Barton of St. Paul Park (open)
    Mike Fouts of Cottage Grove (Senate Dist 54))
    Denny Hanna of Grey Cloud Island (open)
    Derrick Lehrke of Cottage Grove (House Dist 54A)
    Denny McNamara of Hastings (House Dist 54B)
    Janis Quinlan of St. Paul Park (Senate Dist 54)
    Chad Rediske of Cottage Grove (Senate Dist 54)

Candidate-submitted biographical information:

Name: Dean Barton
Candidate for: Open
Contact: 651-276-5868,

I am a St. Paul native that grew up in the Rice Street and Mounds Park areas of the city. I attended Mankato State University for a year and a half after high school before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps for four years active duty.
I remained in the southern Orange County area of California following my enlistment. It was there I met and married my wife, Roberta and began raising our four children. We moved to Minnesota in 1996 and settled in the city of St. Paul Park in 1997. Two of our children live out of state, one resides in the Twin Cities and the youngest is stationed with the Marine Corps in 29 Palms, CA. His unit deployed to Afghanistan from March to October 2011.

Professionally, I have been with my current employer for 14 years in a dual capacity of trainer and risk analyst. Previous employment has included positions as a trainer, internal auditor, shipping and receiving manager, customer service supervisor and accounting supervisor.

Socially, I have been involved with soccer for 20 years as a referee, assignor, mentor/assessor and coach; with seven years at the high school level including the last two years at Community of Peace Academy in St. Paul. Moreover, I served in board positions for AYSO, CGAA Traveling Soccer, MN Youth Soccer and the MN State Referee Committee.

Apart from soccer, I was appointed to a two year term as a member at large for the ServeMN board by Gov. Pawlenty. I served two years each as chair and secretary on the Parks and Recreation Commission for St. Paul Park and two years each as president and vice president of education for a Toastmaster club. In California, my family ran a food bank for five years that primarily offered weekly food distributions to Hispanic people in our community.

Currently, I am a member of a Community Partners Council, chair an employee network as part of my employer’s Diversity Center for Excellence and serve on the board of directors for a local missionary organization. My wife and I have also been involved with programs at our church that feed the poor and mentor students with MN Teen Challenge.

Name: Dennis Hanna
Candidate for: Open
Contact: 651-470-7548,
Address: 9301 Grey Cloud Island Drive So, St. Paul Park, MN 55071

Married to Elizabeth, adult children Lee and Susan.
Grey Cloud resident for 24 years, Denmark Township prior to that.

Education: E.E and business at McAllister College and University of Minnesota, CPCU diploma

Business: Owner of insurance agency for 30 years, remodeling contractor last 10 years.

Other noteworthy endeavors:

    Board of managers South Washington watershed district 8 years
    Washington County internal audit committee 6 years
    Grey Cloud town board 9 years
    President National Association of American family agents 5 years
    Board of Directors, National Association of Direct Writers
    Served on many committees, boards, panels at local and county levels.
    Have a broad knowledge base in insurance, contracting, government. Have experience as a lobbyist at both state and federal level. Known for telling it like it is and getting things done.

Name: Derrick Lehrke
Candidate for: MN House of Reps. District 54A
Contact: 651-459-3932,

Derrick Lehrke is a lifelong resident of Cottage Grove with his wife, Autumn. Derrick’s career has been in management and small business ventures. During his management career, he managed multiple restaurant locations simultaneously. His focus was turning around underperforming locations. Through his leadership, creativity and ability to manage a budget, Derrick was able to turn four locations into profiting stores in one year. Lehrke is also an entrepreneur. He owns a small, property management company with his wife, providing affordable housing options to the community. Prior to his current business, he owned a business manufacturing custom poker tables. He is also a Certified EMT and is currently attending Inver Hills for a Degree in Emergency Medical Services and will soon be starting firefighter training.

Derrick Lehrke was elected to the Cottage Grove City Council Nov. 2, 2010. Councilman Lehrke has always been active in politics. He is a former House District Chair and Senate District Deputy Chair. As a campaign manager he was instrumental in electing the first Republican to HD 57A in recent history, as well as unseat a 27 year incumbent from the Washington County Board. In 2010, he received ?Volunteer of the month? award by State Party Chair, Tony Sutton, for his hard work and dedication to the party and its candidates. He also served as Dakota County Director of the gubernatorial recount. His interests include politics, playing sports, and assisting service members and their families. Councilman Lehrke is actively involved in the Cottage Grove Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and A Touch of Home (ATOH), which distributes care packages to deployed service members.

Name: Denny McNamara
Candidate for: MN House of Reps. District 54B
Contact: 651-296-3135,

State Representative Denny McNamara (R-Hastings) is serving his fifth term representing District 57B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. McNamara currently serves as Chairman of the Minnesota House Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee. A small business owner, McNamara is a recognized voice for job growth and fiscal responsibility. He resides in Hastings with his wife, Lynne.

Name: Mike Fouts
Candidate for: MN State Senate District 54
Contact: 612-250-7069,

Age: 41
Married for 18 years with two children

Education: BA in Elementary Education from Arizona State University (2004), BS in Psychology from Arizona State University (2004), Pursuing Masters in Gifted/Talented Education at the University of St. Thomas

Employment: I have been working the Catholic School System in a variety of positions for the past 7 years including: teacher of middle school math, Spanish, and religion, and as technology support. Prior to teaching, I worked as a software developer and consultant for a medical systems company in Scottsdale, AZ.

Personal: I have been an active participant in my parish of St. Rita’s Catholic Church since moving back to MN in the fall of 2006. I have served on the parish council for a 3-year term, including 1 year as chair. I am currently a member of the parish planning and design team. I have been involved in local, state, and national Republican political campaigns for many years. My political service has included participating as both delegate and alternate to the Minnesota State Republican conventions, an active volunteer for numerous campaigns, and working with others within CD2 on BPOU database and website specifications.

Political: I am a strict fiscal and social conservative who believes that the sphere of political influence should be strongest at the local level and decrease as it moves further from home. Local and state governments, in my view, should have much more influence in the day-to-day lives and governance of Minnesota’s citizens than the Federal government, and the least necessary government involvement with our lives, is best. I am pro-life, believe in as strict a reading/application of the US Constitution as possible, and will wholly support our party’s endorsement for Minnesota Senate, whomever that may be.

Name: Janis Quinlan
Candidate for: MN State Senate District 54
Contact: 651-285-6509,

Born January 9th, 1964, St. Paul, Mn.
Graduated Johnson High School 1982, top 5%.
Awarded Outstanding Swimmer Student of the St. Paul City Conference. Individual City Champion, record holder, State finalist.
Graduated St. Cloud State University 1988, Bachelor of Science Physical Education.
SCSU Individual Conference swimming champion, record holder, and National participant.
St. Paul Johnson Head Boy’s and Girl’s Swim Coach since 1987.
Two Children: Ryan, 19, St. Cloud State sophomore, Nicholas, 18, Tartan High School Senior, has enlisted into the National Guard for August 2012.
Taught in St. Paul Schools from 1988-1992.
Pro shop supervisor for the City of St. Paul from 1990-1999.
Real estate agent Coldwell Banker Burnet 1998-Present.
Johnson High School Governor Alumni Club President.
Resident St. Paul Park since May, 2011.
2012 Caucus Convener.
Engaged, Don Guerin.

Name: Chad Rediske
Candidate for: MN State Senate District 54
Contact: 651.774.2670,

Chad Rediske believes that Minnesota government needs honest leaders who are accountable to the taxpayers of this state. Chad possesses these qualities in both his personal and professional life. It’s often said that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. Chad’s proven track record indicates he is equipped and qualified to make a positive difference for his constituents in SD54, as well as the citizens of Minnesota

Chad has a strong Catholic upbringing, and graduated from St. Bernard’s High School. He competed in hockey, football and adult league soft ball. Chad’s strong competitive spirit has helped him succeed in many other areas throughout his life.

Chad began his college career at St. Cloud State University, and quickly learned the meaning of responsibility. With the onset of Operation Desert Storm, Chad took a hiatus from St. Cloud State University and joined the military, where he learned to grow up in the U.S. Marine Corps! He left the service in 1995, and worked as a manger in retail for a few years. He returned to school, and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Metro State University in St. Paul, MN. Chad has worked in Information Technology for the last 15 years, as well as run his financial services business for the last 6 years.

Chad has served as a delegate to the MN Republican Party Convention and has served as Campaign Treasurer for Kellie Eigenheer during her HD57A run in 2006.

Chad is devoted to his wife, Lise’ and their three children. Chad and his family are active and involved members of Cottage Grove Athletic Association, coached CGAA Girls Softball for three years and looks forward to staying involved as his youngest two boys start to participate in recreation activities. Chad is committed to investing in the future of the state of Minnesota by helping the youth become the leaders of tomorrow.

As a resident of the 54th district, Chad wants to see this area thrive again with lower taxes and higher paying jobs for our families. Chad is committed to working for the citizens of the 54th district and he is ready to serve you as your next MN State Senator.


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