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GOP legislative contest


Chris Kellett of Brainerd Wednesday announced her candidacy for the Republican nod for House District 10A, setting up a race for the GOP endorsement.

Both Kellett, 45, and Kurt Martin, 54, of rural Brainerd, both said Wednesday they would abide by the endorsement and not challenge the choice of the Republicans in the newly created House district. The incumbent House member in the new district is Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, who has not officially announced his intentions.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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