BOYNE FALLS, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Republican officials have chosen a local GOP leader to replace Ronna Romney McDaniel on the party’s national committee.

Kathleen Berden was elected Saturday morning during a meeting of the Michigan Republican Party State Committee in Boyne Falls. The grandmother of 10 from the Thumb region community of Snover has served as chairwoman and vice-chairwoman of the Sanilac County Republican Party and a delegate to the 2012 GOP convention.

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Berden replaces McDaniel, who was elected state party chairwoman. She’s the niece of former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Each state has two committee members: a man and woman. Michigan’s other RNC elected member is Dave Agema.

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Agema has refused to step down after making anti-gay, anti-Muslim comments and despite calls to do so from many top Republicans.


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