My Announcement

Written by Jeff Johnson on January 25, 2011. Posted in General

This morning I launched my campaign for Republican National Committeeman by sending the following email out to party activists in Minnesota:

We have a wonderful opportunity in a few months to elect a new Republican National Committeeman who can redefine the role of that position in a very positive way.

I am writing to announce that I’m running for the Republican National Committeeman position currently held by Brian Sullivan. Brian and Evie Axdahl (our National Committeewoman) announced last week that they will not run for reelection at our upcoming Republican State Central committee meeting in Minneapolis on April 16. Evie and Brian both deserve our thanks for their many years of service to the Republican cause.

Now it’s time to look forward; our selection of a new committeeman will determine what this position will look like in 2012 and beyond.

First, a little background: I’m a father and husband, lifelong Republican activist, youth football and baseball coach, Sunday school and confirmation teacher, small business owner, Hennepin County Commissioner and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

I was proud to count myself as one of the most conservative members of the Minnesota legislature in both fiscal and social matters during my six years in the House and am proud today to count myself as a loud, clear and frequently lone conservative voice on the Hennepin County Board.

The Republican National Committeeman is one of Minnesota’s three representatives on the Republican National Committee (“RNC”) and serves on the Minnesota Republican Party’s executive committee.

My top priorities as your committeeman:

  1. We cannot afford to be ignored by the RNC or other national Republican organizations if we expect to win in 2012. We received almost nothing in RNC investment or attention last year and it might have been the difference between victory and defeat in the Governor’s race. I will be aggressive in pursuing money and other help from these sources for our U.S. Senate and congressional candidates in 2012 and in convincing them that Minnesota is in play in the presidential race – we cannot become flyover land again!
  2. Republican activists deserve a strong voice on the Party’s executive committee. I have been an activist as far back as I can remember, organizing a door-knocking campaign when I was in junior high and continuing that grassroots work for other candidates to this day. It’s the activists who make this party succeed and I will make certain our voices are heard on the executive committee.
  3. As committeeman, I will work closely with the chairman and our elected leaders to recruit strong conservative candidates at every level of government (with my emphasis being on local offices like school board, city council and county board) and to serve as a positive, energetic conservative voice of the Party to Minnesotans.

Our choice for committeeman cannot be about the past, but about the future of the Minnesota Republican Party – a future that I believe is very bright.

In the coming weeks, I will be contacting you to talk about this race. In the meantime, please feel free to learn a little more about me on my blog at

If you have questions or advice, please feel free to respond to this email or give me a call on my cell phone at 612-708-4804.

Thank you!

It should be an intense and fun couple of months ahead!

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