Minnesota’s Independence Party gathered in Roseville Saturday for its state convention with hopes of finding a political toehold in the Legislature. About a dozen IP candidates have filed to run for House and Senate as the state’s third major party attempts to build a base for the 2014 governor’s race. There are no current state lawmakers affiliated with the party. Chairman Mark Jenkins says the party offers a local focus with less influence from national partisans and special interests. The party isn’t committing resources to the US Senate race this year, although two Senate candidates – accountant Glen Menze and farmer Stephen Williams – were seeking the IP endorsement. Independence Party candidates are also running for Congress in the 4th and 7th districts.