Senate District 53 DFL held its Convention on Saturday, April 23rd at East Ridge High School in Woodbury.
Senator Susan Kent, who ran unopposed, was re-endorsed unanimously. Representative JoAnn Ward, who represents House District 53A, had no challengers and was enthusiastically endorsed by the Delegates.
Kay Hendrikson, Shelly Schafer and Alberder Gillespie were all vying for the DFL endorsement for House Seat 53B. Gillespie was endorsed after two rounds of balloting.
The Delegates elected Dennis Ware to be the Chair of SD53, after Chair Debra Anderson Zupke decided to step down. Ann Marie Metzger was elected Vice Chair. Seven previous Executive Committee members are returning along with 12 additional new Directors.
Senate District 53 DFL elected a diverse delegation of 18 to send to the State DFL Convention on June 4th in Minneapolis. The Delegates are Shakira Bradshaw, Teresa Winston, Sean Brown, Anne Pflugi, Ananth Shankar, Larry Wicks, Vivian Latimer-Tanniehill, Justin Farrer, Pat Williamson, Danielle Nitardy, Jaime Katz, Zachary Correia, Ibrahim El-Hedok, Lila Eltawely, Wael Abdelkader, Marquita Stephens, Rihab Shosan and Gregory Strom.
Congressional District 4 Central Committee members were also elected and the Delegates approved 36 Platform Resolutions to send on to the State DFL Resolution Committee.
Thank you to the volunteers and committee members that made the convention a success! Also, thank you to the campaign staff and volunteers that worked tirelessly to get candidates endorsed!