BREAKING: CD1 Now An Open Seat Advantage GOP

Congressman Walz made it official today that he was running for Governor thus leaving the First Congressional District seat “open” for the 2018 election. This puts the First Congressional District at the top of the takeover list for Republicans nationally, and raises the importance of Southern Minnesota voters in our state election plan.

The First Congressional District has been one of the closest swing Districts in the country the last two elections. Walz won in 2016 by less than 1%, while President Trump won by over 14%. In 2014, Walz won by 9% while the Governor’s race had the GOP candidate winning it by 3%.

I have been saying during my campaign for Deputy Chair that nothing could stress the importance of our State Party having a solid statewide Victory Plan, fully dedicated to work with CD’s and BPOU’s, like an open, competitive Congressional seat.

It’s time for CD1 to be red again!

In both 2014 and 2016 the State and National Party resources and assistance never came to the candidate or the local party units. I refuse to let this pattern repeat in 2018.

We will not win the Governor’s race and other statewide races if our endorsed Republican candidates don’t win in “red” Congressional Districts like the First, Seventh, and Eighth.

Our state party needs to work closely with our CDs to develop the plans and gather the resources necessary to win these Greater Minnesota seats. I believe that I have the knowledge, experience, and desire to focus on party operations to do exactly that.

Leadership is a full-time job and also requires you to show up, roll up your sleeves, and get to work.

The First Congressional District Republican Convention takes place this Saturday in Owatonna. I look forward to spending my day there to listen and share my ideas for how we can win in 2018.

Forward to Victory

As the leadership race goes on, don’t forget that you can find out more information about me, my messages, and my vision for our party at my website:

The State Party has created a web page for this State Central Meeting that can be found here: This is where you can find out meeting location, times, proposed documents, hotel, and other information.

Thank you all again for your willingness to help our party. Our party is better because people like you consistently make the sacrifice to stay engaged. Congratulations again on your elections.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions or concerns,

God bless,

Andy Aplikowski