Kelly Fenton, the deputy chairwoman of the Republican Party of Minnesota, has filed to run for a suburban House seat next fall.
Fenton announced Friday morning that she has registered to run for the House District 53B seat with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. That seat is currently held by GOP Rep. Andrea Kieffer, who recently announced she would not seek re-election in 2014.
“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,” Fenton said in a statement. “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.”
Fenton has been deputy chairwoman of the state GOP since 2011, when then-deputy chair Michael Brodkorb stepped down to run a congressional campaign. Fenton is no stranger to Minnesota legislative campaigns — she ran former GOP Sen. Ted Lillie’s successful 2010 campaign and has served as president of the Minnesota Excellence in Public Service Series (MEPSS), a women’s leadership and political training program that has served as a breeding ground for successful legislative candidates like Republican Reps. Kathy Lohmer, Pam Myhra and Kieffer.
The House district, which covers the city of Woodbury east of the Twin Cities, has been considered a swing district in the past, despite the fact that Kieffer won re-election last fall by nearly 10 points.