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Fenton earns House District 53B endorsement

Minnesota state Rep. Kelly Fenton, R-Woodbury, earned the GOP endorsement for House of Representatives District 53B Saturday, April 9, at the Senate District 53 Convention that took place at Lake Middle School in Woodbury. The convention conducted a straw poll of precinct delegates, and Fenton easily secured the 60 percent threshold required to secure the endorsement.

"I'm grateful to my GOP friends and neighbors for their support and their trust heading into the next election," Fenton said. "With six weeks left in session, my priorities remain passing a long-term transportation bill that fixes our roads and bridges without a gas tax, and using the surplus to deliver middle-class tax relief. My DFL opponents' priorities are different; their focus is on raising the gas tax, and extending taxes that make health care more expensive for families. I look forward to what I hope is a substantive, issue-based campaign this fall."

Fenton is serving her first term in the Minnesota Legislature. She was elected in 2014, defeating her DFL opponent by more than 2,000 votes. She serves as the Vice Chair of the House Rules Committee, and as a member of the Education Finance Committee, the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee, the Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee, as well as the Select Committee on Affordable Child Care and the Subcommittee on Metropolitan Council Accountability and Transparency

Fenton is a former teacher, and served as deputy chairwoman of the Republican Party of Minnesota. She is married with three children.

Steve Ellenwood, Fenton's sole challenger at the convention, will abide by the nomination, he said in an email to the Woodbury Bulletin.