Mandy Benz was endorsed during the House District 37A Republican convention March 17 at the Mounds View Community Center.
After Benz and her opponent addressed the convention, over 60 percent of the delegates voted to endorse Benz on the first ballot.
Benz ran for the endorsement in the new open District 37A, which includes parts of the cities of Coon Rapids, Blaine and Spring Lake Park.
This House district is unique in that it lies within the boundaries of three Congressional districts – 3, 5 and 6, according to Benz.
Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-Third District) and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Sixth District) attended the convention.
“I’m proud to support Mandy Benz for State Representative in District 37A,” said Paulsen.
“I’ve known Mandy for years. She is a passionate volunteer and hardworking leader who will be a strong voice for Coon Rapids in the Minnesota House of Representatives.”
Bachmann also endorsed Benz, “Mandy enjoys the official backing of the Republican Party and she has my enthusiastic support, too,” Bachmann said.
“With great candidates like Mandy Benz, we’ll turn Minnesota red in 2012.”
According to Benz, as a wife and a mother, she is truly concerned for families and the future of their children and what the role of government holds for her son’s future.
“I believe my leadership abilities in grassroots politics, studies and thorough understanding of legislation from working at the Capitol prepares me for the fight ahead to solve concerns we have today,” Benz said.
Benz, a legislative assistant at the Minnesota State Capitol, studied office management legal criminal justice/government at Rasmussen College.
Her extensive volunteer work for her Senate district over the last several years combined with consistent fiscally and socially traditional family values make her a strong candidate for November, Benz said.
Mandy, her husband Gary and son Brandon live in Coon Rapids where she currently serves on the Coon Rapids Safety Commission.
The Benz family enjoys hunting, fishing and the outdoors. They also attend church at Horizons Community Church.
Benz has also received an endorsement from Brad Brandon, president of the Minnesota Faith and Freedom Coalition.
“I would like to take this opportunity to eagerly endorse Mandy Benz for House of Representatives,” said Rep. Kathy Lohmer (R-Lake Elmo).
“I have known Mandy for several years now. She is a great conservative and a very hard working and supportive assistant to Senator Ted Lillie.
“Mandy has a love for our country and state, a passion for our Constitution and a very firm allegiance to our founding principles of limited government and fiscal and personal responsibility.
“I would be happy to serve with Mandy in the House and know she would bring her passion and hard work to our caucus and would be an asset to our conservative agenda going forward.
“She has shown her willingness to work hard and do whatever she can to help support, not only Ted, but myself as well.
“I have appreciated getting to know Mandy and would welcome the opportunity to work together with her in the Minnesota House of Representatives.”
Lillie, an assistant Senate Majority Leader, was in attendance at the event to campaign for Benz and give an endorsement speech.
Benz has also received endorsement letters from several current Minnesota legislators, including State Sen. Gretchen Hoffman (R-Vergas), State Sen. Al DeKruif (R-Madison Lake) and Assistant Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Brainerd).