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State GOP Deputy Chair Kelly Fenton to run for state House in Woodbury

Fenton, will run in District 53B, the seat being vacated by Republican Andrea Kieffer.

Kelly Fenton, the state GOP Party’s deputy chair, said Friday that she’ll run for the state House next year, seeking the District 53B seat in Woodbury.

The seat is up for grabs after Republican incumbent Andrea Kieffer said last week that she won’t seek re-election to a third term in 2014. Kieffer was one of a handful of Republican lawmakers who bucked the party line by voting with DFLers to legalize gay marriage.

Fenton, a former teacher, was elected deputy party chair in late 2011 and was re-elected to the post in April.

In a statement today, Fenton said:

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I’m running to represent our community in the Minnesota House of Representatives to protect our quality of life and give the residents of Woodbury a voice for efficient, effective government at the Capitol. As a former public school teacher, I had the privilege to see firsthand how our young people grow and thrive when they have the best tools. In the legislature, I’ll put our children first and support policies where they can work hard, play by the rules and succeed in our community.”