Carrie Ruud is back on the campaign trail. Only this time the former state senator and former Breezy Point mayor is running for chair of the Minnesota Republican Party.
If successful she would replace current chair Ron Carey, who announced he would not seek a third term as chairman. Also listed as candidates for the post by the Star Tribune were Tony Sutton, a former executive director of the party, and Dave Thompson, a former radio talk show host.
Ruud represented District 4 in the Minnesota Senate for one term and said that she would bring that campaign perspective to the chair post.
"You know what it takes to win a primary, to win an election," she said of her experience.
Ruud, who said she's not content to sit on the sidelines, noted that since 2004 Republicans have lost eight state representative seats in the Eighth Congressional District. She wants to capitalize on the grassroots enthusiasm she saw in the 2008 caucuses with better use of technology and updated voter lists.
"I don't think we capitalized on that energy," she said.
The recent tea party tax protests also were exhilarating, she said, because they attracted people from all walks of life and all ages.
"If you give people a principled, conservative candidate to vote for I think they'll turn out," Ruud said.
On her Web site she pledged to guide Republicans back to their conservative principles and to hold legislators' feet to the fire on conservative issues.
The new chair will be selected June 13 at the state convention.
MIKE O'ROURKE may be reached at email@example.com or 855-5860.
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