When Rollin Glewwe decided to throw his hat into the ring he put much thought into why now was the time. He had received much encouragement from the Republican Party regulars who wanted him to run against the Senate Minority Leader, Paul Thuet. Historically, this district was a stronghold for the DFL party. But there was a general dissatisfaction with the current senator, partly because of his absenteeism from the senate chambers (which came into play in campaign literature), his lack of support for district issues, especially for Burnsville school aid, the slow growth of highway systems in northern Dakota County and conflict of interests.
Mr. Thuet was the Senate Minority leader and considered a certain victor by the DFL party. Because of this, Mr. Thuet was to spend most of his time campaigning for other party regulars across the state. The best way to effect change then, was to keep him in his own district, working on his own campaign, a stragety considered crucial for getting the state to elect a conservative house and senate.
Although Rollin Glewwe received no formal endorsement, it was felt that with a temendous and united effort, he could defeat the incumbent as an independent candidate. His campaign committee consisted of active party office holders and interested citizens. There was no paid staff, all efforts to be ran with volunteers.
The Volunteer Committee Chairman was Mr. I.T. Simley, the retired school superintentent and a former candidate for the State Senate in 1958 against Mr. Thuet. His was a well-known name and highly respected throughout the county. It was thought that his name on all campaign literature would be a boost to the campaign.
Rollin's Advisory Committee was made up current party officers holders and regulars, such as Art Gillen, J.C. Michelson, John Mugford, Vance Grannis, Bob Stassen, Neil Black, Gordy Engfer and Dave Durenburger.