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Woodbury's Fenton takes interim helm for state GOP

A Woodbury woman was elected last weekend to the highest state post for Minnesota Republicans - at least temporarily.

Kelly Fenton will lead the Minnesota Republican Party as its deputy chairwoman while the party waits to select its new chairperson. Outgoing Chairman Tony Sutton announced Friday, Dec. 2, that he was resigning his post - just one day before the party convened its central committee meeting.

During the meeting, Fenton was elected to the deputy chair post on the second round of voting by party activists. She succeeds Michael Brodkorb, who resigned the post earlier this year to work for state Sen. Mike Parry's 1st District congressional campaign.

"I am honored to have been selected by the Republican Central Committee Delegates," Fenton said in a news release. "At this time of transition it is my goal to bring stability, vision and common sense to the process of electing a new party chair. I look forward to raising money and organizing the grassroots activists to help maintain our majorities in the Minnesota Legislature, and elect other Republican candidates."

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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