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Macalester student gets media attention for his state House campaign

He’s running as a Republican in the very blue city of St. Paul, but the district contains many college students.

While most election coverage goes to the big races — the presidential campaign and congressional races — one state House candidate is getting some extra media love.

Andrew Ojeda is running as a Republican against DFL incumbent state Rep. Erin Murphy in a heavily DFL city.

While Ojeda normally might get some attention from the local weekly papers and maybe a sentence in the daily papers, the fact that he’s a junior at Macalester College in St. Paul makes him an interesting story.

The Pioneer Press and WCCO Radio have done stories, as has Twin Cities Daily Planet.

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Ojeda, a California native, is 22, with a double major in political science and German studies.

He tells voters: “Our message is simple. Fix the budget, rein in property taxes, and get things done.”

Minnesota College Republicans Chair Ryan Lyk told TC Daily Planet that  Ojeda could run well against Murphy, who is seeking her fourth two-year term.

“I think in the past [elections] were easy and she could not care much,” Lyk said.

In 2010, Murphy received 77 percent of the vote when she beat a University of St. Thomas student running as a Republican.

The district’s boundaries include Macalester College, the University of St. Thomas, Concordia University, William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University.