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Sixth District Republican candidates back plan for congressional convention

congressThe campaigns of Ben Cline, Chaz Haywood, Ed Justo, Kathryn Lewis and Doug Wright to unify behind a plan for the upcoming Sixth District Republican congressional convention that includes the election of an independent temporary chairman, fair representation on convention committees, and traditional rules for the election of the nominee for Congress.

The five campaigns released a joint statement regarding their plan:

“Over the last five months, it has become clear that the Republican convention to select our nominee for the Sixth Congressional District must remain free of the perception of undue influence or any conflicts of interest. The integrity of our Republican Party and the success of our eventual nominee against the Democrats in November requires that the nominating process be above board in every respect and free from any hint of scandal or impropriety. We have concluded that the current plans put forth by Chairman Scott Sayre will not ensure a fair, orderly, and unbiased convention for the Sixth Congressional District.”

Concerns over fairness and transparency stem from several issues that have surfaced since current Sixth District GOP Chairman Scott Sayre oversaw changes to the rules at a Sixth District meeting back on January 6th. At that meeting, the Sixth District Republican Committee, at the behest of Vice Chairman Matt Tederick, who serves as Political Director for Cynthia Dunbar — one of eight candidates running in this May’s convention — opted to nominate the party’s nominee by a plurality vote, in which a candidate could win the convention with less than 13% support.

The Republican Party’s State Central Committee voted last month to strip that language out of the call for the convention because the Sixth District Committee did not have the authority to bind convention delegates in such a manner.

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