Delegates elected Woodbury resident Kelly Fenton as the next Deputy Chair of the Minnesota Republican Party. Fenton will assume control of the party for the next month as the party works to find a new chair. Tony Sutton abruptly resigned his position as chair on Friday night.
Fenton is inheriting a party that is divided over direction and is deep in red ink. During a brief speech, she predicted the party will survive the more than $500 thousand deficit the party is facing.
“We are stronger than any challenges that we will face,” she said.
Fenton defeated four other candidates to win the position. She told reporters later that she would not be a candidate to replace Sutton but left open the possibility of running for the position down the road.