District 56B Republicans will try again to endorse
Local Republicans will try again April 26 to endorse a candidate for the state House of Representatives seat in the new District 56B.
Candidates Terry McCall of Burnsville and Roz Peterson of Lakeville battled to a four-ballot draw on March 17. In razor-close balloting at the inaugural Senate District 56 Republican convention, neither candidate came close to gaining the 60 percent needed for endorsement.
Another hung convention on April 26 would leave both mulling whether to move on to a primary contest in August. The Republican nominee will in November face former state Rep. Will Morgan, a Burnsville DFLer who served two terms and was unseated by Rep. Pam Myhra in 2010.
The endorsing convention will be held at the Diamondhead Education Center/Burnsville High School Senior Campus, located south of Burnsville Parkway and west of Nicollet Avenue. Registration is at 6:30 p.m.
District 56B, under new political boundaries that will take effect next year, includes south Burnsville and extends north into east central Burnsville. The Lakeville portion of the district includes only the Orchard Lake area.
McCall is a longtime Republican activist and chair of the 2nd Congressional District Republicans. Peterson is a Lakeville Area School Board member and chair of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.