Kelly Fenton, deputy chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota, announced Monday her plans to run for re-election to the position.
“My commitment is to you and supporting the election of officials who will preserve your economic freedoms in our state. I am committed to unseating Mark Dayton and Al Franken in 2014, in addition to regaining the Republican majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives,” the Woodbury resident said in a statement. “I am confident the Republican Party will be in a good spot for the 2014 election cycle and have high hopes that our agenda will see success, and in turn, we will be able to continue moving the Republican Party of Minnesota forward. This will require extensive fundraising, data management, and the delivery of a unified and quality message to Minnesotans—all of which I am fully prepared for. It has been an honor to serve as your Deputy Chair, and I will strive to reach our shared goal of victory in 2014.”
The election of party officers will take place on April 6.
Fenton was first elected deputy chair in 2011, and served as acting party chair after the previous chair stepped down unexpectedly. She has served the state Republican Party in several capacities, and also serves as the official party liaison to the Legislature.
In the release, several fellow Republicans voiced their support for Fenton.
Sen. Michelle Benson:
“Last year when our party faced challenges, Kelly stepped into the gap. Her knowledge, enthusiasm, and work ethic were critical to our financial recovery. During her tenure as Deputy Chair, she has earned the trust of our grassroots activists as well as our donors. As we look to a future focused on financial stability, principled messaging, and winning statewide elections, Kelly has the skills and experience to lead our party to long-term success. It is an honor to support Kelly Fenton for re-election as Deputy Chair.”
House Republican Whip Tim Sanders:
“Kelly sees the big picture—it’s about getting Republicans elected at all levels of government so we can move Minnesota in the right direction. In her first term as Deputy Chair she’s worked hard, traveled the state, and laid the foundation for rebuilding our State Party. She stepped up when no one else was willing. I’m proud to stand with Kelly Fenton for Deputy Chair.”
Mark Westpfal, 2nd Congressional District Chair and Inver Grove Heights School Board member:
“I have been impressed with Kelly's ability to effectively build bridges and reach out to multiple groups in order to strengthen the party. She has demonstrated the leadership skills needed to work with long time activists and to help develop a new class of conservatives that are passionate about growing the Republican brand in Minnesota. Kelly's work ethic is second to none and she is always striving to help. Her dedication to providing training for stronger BPOUs, creating action plans for candidates and working with activists is evident and is what the Republican Party of Minnesota needs as we redefine our party and push towards the 2014 elections.”