The Beltrami County Republicans held our convention today at the Bemidji High School. It began at 9:00am and adjourned at around 1:30pm this afternoon.
We elected 16 delegates and 13 alternates to represent our county at Congressional District and State Conventions.
Support for Governor
Among the 16 elected delegates, 8 plan to support Marty Seifert, 5 David Thompson, 1 Kurt Zellers and 2 ran uncommitted. Among the 13 elected alternates, 6 ran uncommitted, 4 support Seifert and 3 support Thompson.
Support for US Senate
Among the 16 elected delegates, 6 plan to support Julianne Ortman, 3 Jim Abeler, 2 Mike McFadden and 5 ran uncommitted. Among the 13 elected alternates, 7 support Ortman, 5 ran uncommitted and 1 supports Abeler.
CD7 Delegation (9 delegates and 5 alternates)
The following were elected delegates for CD7: William Batchelder, Adam Bommersbach, Abbigail Cobb, Kenneth Cobb, David Goetz, Roger Heger, Heidi Johnson, Angela Krigbaum, Henry Krigbaum.
The following alternates were elected for CD7: Kristine Bommersbach, Bruce Holden, Lyndi Odegard, Martha Heller, Mavis Holden.
CD8 Delegation (7 delegates and 8 alternates)
The following were elected delegates for CD8: Caleb Gazelka, David Hancock, Patrica Hancock, Kathleen Molitor, Walter Pagel, Claude Sand, Barbara Zentek.
The following were elected alternates for CD8: Joseph Notermann, Jerry Larson, Donna Larson, Mark Karzon, Ernest Rall, Jacob Gazelka, Sandra Notermann, Mary Bjerke.
Our convention considered 15 resolutions, passing 5, rejecting 9 and postponing 1. Resolutions passing our convention were:
- A resolution supporting free carry for all citizens and the castle doctrine;
- A resolution restricting judicial gifts to the same levels as allowed for the governor and legislature;
- A resolution re-affirming that we have a Republic, not a Democracy
- A resolution rejecting the Affordable Care Act, as well as federal legislation relating to education and welfare, as being outside the constitutional authority of the federal government
- A resolution opposing the currently proposed "Anti-Bullying Bill" currently be considered by the state legislature, and placing the right to make such determinations in the hands of local authorities.
64 Precinct Delegates and Alternates registered and were seated for the convention.