Ramsey County DFLers meet on Saturday to decide whether to endorse U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., for a sixth term in Congress, as Republicans meet to see who should challenge her this fall.
McCollum and former Maplewood Mayor Diana Longrie will seek the DFL Party endorsement beginning at 9:30 Saturday at Roseville Area High School.
Longrie, an attorney, was elected mayor in 2005 and lost her bid for re-election in 2008 under a cloud of controversy about her leadership style.
CD4 Republicans will gather at 8:30 a.m. at Jimmy’s Food and Drink at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites in Vadnais Heights. There, they’ll choose from candidates Teresa Collett, Brad Lee and Gene Rechtzigel for the endorsement.
Teresa Collett is a law professor from the University of St. Thomas who lives in St. Paul and has been active in the anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage movements.
Brad Lee is a Mahtomedi resident and Navy veteran who worked for 3M and owns a financial services business. He lists endorsements from state Sen. Ray Vandeveer, R-Forest Lake and the White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce on his campaign web site.
Gene Rechtzigel is a farmer from Newport who has not listed any campaign information.
West St. Paul resident Joe Blum was also seeking the endorsement, but announced on his Facebook page on Friday that he is now supporting Lee’s campaign.