Republican activists in Lakeville gathered on Saturday to endorse a candidate for an open seat in House district 56B. But after four ballots neither of the challengers — Terry McCall and Roz Peterson — had reached the 60 percent threshold required for endorsement. In fact the two candidates were never separated by more than two votes on any ballot.
But rather than proceed to a primary in the heavily Republican district, there will be a second endorsing convention, which has not yet been scheduled. “We want to make sure whoever wins this has got more time to campaign against the other side,” McCall says.
GOP Rep. Mary Liz Holberg currently lives in the district, but is running for re-election in an adjacent district. McCall and Peterson both bring formidable resumes to the contest. McCall is the current GOP chair in the 2nd Congressional District. He ran for state party chair in December, but lost on the first ballot. Peterson currently sits on the Lakeville School Board and is chair of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.