2018 DFL State Convention

Friday, June 1 thru Sunday, June 3 – Mayo Civic Center – Rochester, MN




State Convention Delegates and Alternates are encouraged to pre-register for the convention to save time picking up badges and delegate materials! A voluntary registration fee is requested to help the Party cover some of its costs for this three-day event. We work hard to keep the convention revenue-neutral and keep our costs down. This voluntary registration fee goes a long way toward ensuring a productive, enjoyable, and successful convention for all. Save $15 with an Early Bird discount before May 16!

Delegates $135 (Early Bird $120)

Alternates $75



We have room blocks available both Friday and Saturday nights at three union hotels and you can make reservations by phone, referencing DFL:

  • The Kahler Grand Hotel – 20 Second Avenue SW, Rochester, MN 55902 – 1-800-533-1655  thekahlerhotel.com
    • Rate: $107-117, based on occupancy (discounted parking, $10/day)
  • Kahler Inn & Suites – 9 Third Avenue NW, Rochester, MN 55901 – 1-800-533-1655  kahlerinnsuites.com
    • Rate: $114-129, based on occupancy (discounted parking $7/day)
  • Rochester Marriott Mayo Clinic Area – 101 First Avenue SW, Rochester, MN 55902 – 1-888-236-2427  Marriott
    • Rate: Standard Room, $169 (parking included)

These room blocks, if not fully reserved, expire on Friday, May 4, 2018. Reserve early. You can find more information about the city of Rochester here: Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau.


At Mayo Civic Center, the DFL will be providing: a Quiet Room (for those who need it), a Nursing Mothers Room, a Prayer Room, and an All-Gender Restroom. There will be complementary Shuttle Service (for those requiring additional assistance) to the Mayo Civic Center each morning from our three union hotels (Kahler Grand, Kahler Inn & Suites and Rochester Marriott Mayo Clinic Area), and Real-Time Captioning during the convention general sessions.

Accommodations Hotline: To request disability accommodations during the convention, such as information on accessible parking, convention materials in alternate formats, headphones for hearing impaired, space on the convention floor for a Personal Care Attendant or Service Animal, or any accommodations listed above, contact the DFL Party’s Accommodations Hotline by Friday, May 11, 2018 by phone at 651-251-6380 or email at accommodations@dfl.org. Those interested in carpooling or sharing hotel rooms during the convention should contact their local delegation.

Wheelchair and Scooter Rental provided by Med City Mobility. To make a reservation, call 507-252-0555, Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm. PLEASE NOTE: Pick up and drop off will be at the Kahler Grand Hotel.

Rental Rates (per day):

  • Scooter – $20
  • Wheelchair (12’’ 14’’) – $10
  • Wheelchair (16’’ 18’’ 20’’) – $5
  • Wheelchair (22’’ 24’’) – $7



The DFL State Convention, June 1-3, 2018, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, is the culmination of organizing activities at precinct caucuses and local conventions, where delegates from across Minnesota come together to conduct important business of the DFL State Party. Although the Convention agenda has not yet been finalized, the Convention will be called to order on Friday afternoon, reconvene on Saturday morning and again on Sunday. Delegates will be engaged in numerous items of business, including:

  • Endorsing candidates for both U.S. Senate seats
  • Endorsing candidates for Governor/Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General and State Auditor
  • Electing 16 At-Large Directors to the State Executive Committee
  • Considering resolutions for inclusion in the Ongoing Platform and Action Agenda
  • Considering amendments to the DFL Constitution and Bylaws

See pages 12-17 in the Official Call for more information.


The DFL State Convention includes approximately 1,200 delegates who have been elected at their local Organizing Unit Conventions. In addition, there are delegate votes given to state party officers, 16 votes given to Congressional District chairs and vice chairs. DFL legislators, statewide and federal elected officials, and representatives of the tribes are also automatic delegates.

The convention is open to the public. Seating for guests is in the arena balcony area, however, you must be a delegate or upgraded alternate to be seated on the Convention floor and participate in voting. Alternates are encouraged to attend the Convention, as there is plenty of balcony seating and there are often opportunities to be upgraded to delegate status during the three days of the Convention.


On February 6, 2018, DFLers turned out to their local precincts to cast gubernatorial preference ballots and begin electing delegates to the next level of conventions.

In February and March, Organizing Unit Conventions are held across the state to elect delegates to the State Convention, followed by Congressional District Conventions during April and May. Schedule of Organizing Unit and Congressional District Conventions

State Convention Committees (Platform, Constitution, Credentials, Nominations, and Rules) meet on Saturday, May 5 – Sunday, May 6, 2018 to conduct their pre-convention business. As committee reports are finalized, they will be posted on this website.


There are five different committees:

  • Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules recommends changes to the State DFL Constitution and Bylaws. They also hear reports on all delegate and alternate challenges.
  • Credentials supervises registration of convention delegates and alternates; prepares the temporary roll of the convention.  The credentials committee hears challenges and then reports its recommendation(s) for resolving any challenge(s) to the Convention.
  • Nominations screens and recommends candidates for At-Large State Directors who serve on the State Executive Committee. The nominations committee does not recommend members as candidates for party office.
  • Platform, Issues, and Legislative Affairs prepares the State Convention ballot for considering changes to the Ongoing Platform and adoption of the biennial Action Agenda.
  • Rules proposes final rules for the State Convention to adopt when it is called to order. Until the Convention adopts its final rules, it is governed by the Temporary and Proposed Permanent Rules and Agenda for the State Convention.

As committee reports are finalized, they will be posted in this section.


The DFL Community Caucuses and Community Outreach Organizations play a large part in what makes the Minnesota DFL such a vibrant and inclusive party, and nowhere will this shine more than at the State Convention. DFLers from around Minnesota, from different communities and perspectives, will have a unique opportunity to come together to rally around our shared values and issues. These vital DFL organizations are encouraged to table at the Convention and meet throughout Convention weekend.