Chelsea Republican to challenge MacDonald for Orange Senate seat

Bob Frenier of Chelsea is running for a Senate seat in Orange County. Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: This article is by John P. Gregg of the Valley News, in which it first appeared April 15, 2014. CHELSEA — A 67-year-old small businessman is launching a Republican challenge to longtime state Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Orange. Chelsea resident Robert Frenier, who runs a company that buys used airport fire trucks and rebuilds […]

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