Preserve Your Right to Elect Judges! Stop the legislature from giving the Governor the power to appoint judges!

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Nov 19, 2013 Comments Off on Preserve Your Right to Elect Judges! GOP Activist

The state legislature is about to take away your right to vote for judges.  Special speaker Dan Griffith, former Republican-endorsed candidate for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, will discuss current judicial issues facing us in the Minnesota Legislature.  Come and support the grassroots effort to oppose retention elections and preserve our right to elect our judges.

We will be serving homemade chili and cornbread.

First Judicial District Republican Committee Fund Raising Event
Date: Saturday, November 23
Time: 4:00pm to 7:30pm (chili and cornbread will be served at 5:00pm)
Location: 1446 Englert Road, Eagan, MN 55122
Suggested Contribution: $25

This is a great opportunity to meet other conservatives in the area, fight retention elections, and discuss issues that matter to you.  Please RSVP to JD1 GOP Chair Jeff Miner at or 612-414-5329.  If you are unable to attend, but would still like to make a contribution, please write your check made payable to JD1 Republicans and send it to: Dale Nathan, 1220 Town Centre Dr., Eagan, MN 55123

The Retention Election bills, HF1083 and SF1082, would amend the Minnesota Constitution to eliminate contested judicial elections.  Voters would only have the opportunity to remove a judge.  A Merit Selection commission composed of 24 members would review and select which people would be considered to become a Judge.  The Governor would have the power to choose new Judges and appoint them to office.

For more than 150 years, the Minnesota Constitution has given the people the right to hold the courts accountable through contested elections of judges instead of using appointments by the Governor, as some other states have.

Dan Griffith practices law in International Falls and was an assistant City and County Attorney.  As a Republican-endorsed candidate for Minnesota Court of Appeals in 2010, he garnered 48.5% of the vote.  Watch his speech at the 2012 Minnesota Republican Convention here:

If you have any questions, please call Bonn Clayton at 952-934-4233.

I look forward to seeing you on November 23rd.

Bonn Clayton
First Judicial Republican Committee