Qualls Receives Overwhelming Endorsement of Third District GOP
Met with energetic response to his groundbreaking candidacy
Plymouth, Minnesota – Kendall Qualls, Republican candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District, was overwhelmingly endorsed by Third District Republicans at the party’s online convention held last night. Qualls will face first term Democratic incumbent Dean Phillips in the November general election.
“I am honored to have earned the overwhelming endorsement of my neighbors and friends from across the Third District,” said Qualls. “Tonight’s endorsement is the first step in our campaign to revitalize and strengthen our economy, lower healthcare costs and ensure America’s safety at home and abroad. Dean Phillips campaigned as a moderate, but his quotes don’t match his votes, and his lockstep alignment with the extreme elements of his Democratic Party serve as a warning sign to voters that another term for Dean will threaten our economic security, our healthcare and our country’s standing in the world,” stated Qualls.
Over 300 delegates, alternates and guests representing each of the district’s 37 communities participated in the convention via teleconference or online attendance.
In nominating Qualls, Kathe Ostrom, a delegate from Excelsior stated, “Kendall, raised by a single mom in financial distress, was determined to pull himself out of his situation; he went on to college, the U.S. Army, and into the American workforce. He has been through a lot and understands that the divisions in our country have never been greater and it will take the strength of our political leaders to reach a hand out to all people for the greater good of our nation.”
Maple Grove resident Craig Harrison, who seconded the nomination, praised Qualls as “a great candidate and self-made man whose whole life demonstrates his qualifications: an Army vet, a smart business leader, experienced, highly motivated, and hardworking.”
In his speech to delegates, Qualls addressed the challenges currently facing our country, stating, “Times like this define the character of a person, to step outside their comfort zone even if it means being identified as ‘one of them,’ even when ‘one of them’ is shamefully mischaracterized. I love this country, its history and character and will proudly stand up to the forces that want to change it to something it was never intended to be.”