Change at top of Minnesota GOP as executive director shifts to new role

The party's communications director becomes the interim executive director.
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The executive director of the Republican Party of Minnesota is shifting to a new role, with the party's communications director replacing him on an interim basis.

Minnesota GOP chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan confirmed on Twitter Tuesday that Kevin Poindexter has been hired to be the Minnesota state director for President Trump's re-election campaign.

Meanwhile, the party's communications director, Rebecca Alery, is being promoted to the role of interim executive director.

Carnahan said that the moves will put "the strongest people in strategic places to strengthen our operation in Minnesota."

Carnahan is leading the Republican charge to flip Minnesota red for President Donald Trump in 2020, with the party also seeking to flip House seats particularly in the 7th District, and challenge Sen. Tina Smith for her Senate seat.

At the state level, the Republican Party will be looking to hold on to the Minnesota Senate, where it has a small majority, and try to reclaim the House it lost in 2018.

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In a statement to BMTN, Carnahan said: "The Republican Party of Minnesota’s focus for the next 13 months is delivering our 10 electoral votes to President Trump and electing Republicans up and down the ballot.

"To do this, it is imperative we have the strongest people in key strategic roles in our state. Kevin Poindexter is one of the brightest political minds and we are fortunate to have him dedicated to our cause in Minnesota."

Alery becomes the third executive director to serve under Carnahan, with Poindexter having been in the position for 18 months following his appointment in May 2018.

Alery joined as the MN GOP comms director in January this year, having previously worked for the Minnesota State Senate and the comms director for Reps. Tom Emmer and Jason Lewis.

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