Sunday, June 11, 2006

Ritchie Endorsed for SoS

via Power LiberalAfter Ritchie grabbed 57% on the first ballot, Sande concedes and reiterates his pledge to abide by the endorsement.

The DFL slate is set . . . . by the grassroots of the party, as it should be.


DFL Press Release:
Today, delegates of the Minnesota DFL Party endorsed Mark Ritchie to run against Republican incumbent Mary Kiffmeyer in the race for Minnesota Secretary of State.

“Mark Ritchie has run a spectacular campaign that has already built a strong base of statewide support. He is an experienced and capable candidate who has worked tirelessly to stop Mary Kiffmeyer’s abuses of her position,” Minnesota DFL Chair Brian Melendez said.

Mark Ritchie worked for Governor Perpich in the Department of Agriculture, working on trade policy and the farm crisis. He created the League of Rural Voters ten years ago to increase voter registration and civic participation in rural communities. He created a non-partisan voter registration campaign, where over 1,000 groups registered over 5 million new voters nationwide – despite obstacles by the Minnesota Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer.

“Minnesota is fortunate to have Mark Ritchie as a candidate for Secretary of State,” Minnesota DFL Chair Brian Melendez said. “He’s a strong and experienced leader with the ability to bring back fairness and justice back to the voting system.”

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