Quist, Parry change minds about convention, file for primary 04 May 12

One week after a 14-hour convention in which GOP delegates were unable to agree on whom to endorse in the First Congressional District, both candidates involved said they plan to file for an August primary.

Former state representative Allen Quist, of St. Peter, issued a news release Monday indicating his intentions to file, despite having originally supported a follow-up convention agreed upon by delegates.

Senator Mike Parry, of Waseca, will file for the August 14 primary as well, although representatives from Parry’s campaign say they’re disappointed that Quist “broke his word.”

At the April 21 Republican First Congressional District Convention in Mankato, balloting continued into the early morning hours April 22 without either candidate receiving enough delegate support. The convention was kicked out of the Kato Ballroom at 2 a.m. but delegates voted to reconvene at a later date.

A May 12 meeting was scheduled but has now been cancelled due to conflicts. Rice County GOP Chair Bron Scherer told the Faribault Daily News a primary might be necessary, since the delegates likely would not change their minds and the outcome at a different primary would be the same.