Minnesota Republicans elect Hann as new party chairman
Delegates from the Minnesota Republican Party elected a new president to lead the party ahead of the 2022 election.
Former state senator David Hann won an election on Saturday at a meeting of more than 300 delegates in Hopkins. In the last round, he beat company executive Jerry Dettinger.
Hann replaces former state party chair Jennifer Carnahan, who resigned in August after federal prosecutors filed sex trafficking charges against Anton Lazzaro, a GOP donor who had been close to Carnahan. There were also allegations, which Carnahan denied, that she had created a toxic environment in party offices.
Hann will now work to unite the party ahead of next year’s election, in which all legislative seats and state constitutional offices will be on the ballot. Republicans haven’t won a statewide race since 2006.
Hann represented Eden Prairie in the Minnesota Senate from 2003 to 2017. Speaking to MPR News ahead of Saturday’s vote, he said he believed he had the skills to move the party forward beyond its recent controversy and restore confidence.
“I’m doing this because I’m committed to what the party stands for. I’m not looking for a higher position, ”Hann said. “I am not looking for anything other than the opportunity to serve an organization whose mission is very important.
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