Starkey exec runs for Minnesota GOP chairman

Brandon Sawalich, a vice president at Starkey Hearing Technologies who ran unsuccessfully for the post in 2009, says he has a business background that should please party delegates. But MPR raises the question of whether grass-roots activists committed to some key conservative values will rally around him.
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Brandon Sawalich, a vice president at Starkey Hearing Technologies who ran unsuccessfully for the post in 2009, says he has a business background that should please party delegates. But MPR raises the question of whether grass-roots activists committed to some key conservative values will rally around him.

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