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Albert Lea teen elected chair of First District GOP

Nineteen-year-old Aaron Farris of Albert Lea has been elected chair of the Minnesota First Congressional District Republican Party, defeating three-year incumbent Chairman Jerod Spilman of Courtland on the first ballot by an 82%-18% margin.

The First Congressional District GOP hosted its annual convention Saturday in Mankato. Each of the four officers elected were unopposed. As for Farris, he said he plans to focus on the grassroots of the party, improving its outreach, messaging, and -- most importantly to him -- winning elections for Republicans everywhere.

No candidate received the required 60% of the vote needed to receive the district GOP’s endorsement for the U.S. House seat vacated by the death of Jim Hagedorn.

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