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Mark Dayton, who has an unofficial lead over Republican Tom Emmer in the governor's election, has announced two well-known DFL operatives to lead his transition team including Tina Smith, above.

Dayton announces transition team

Tina Smith

Tina Smith

Mark Dayton, who has an unofficial lead over Republican Tom Emmer in the governor’s election, has announced two well-known DFL operatives to lead his transition team.

Tina Smith and Lee Sheehy will serve as co-chairs of his team. Smith most recently was R.T. Rybak’s gubernatorial campaign manager. Rybak, the Minneapolis mayor, lost the DFL endorsment to Margaret Anderson Kelliher, who in turn lost in the DFL primary to Dayton. Smith has also been a Planned Parenthood lobbyist.

Sheehy has been chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and head of the Minneapolis’s economic development and planning agency.

Michele Kelm-Helgen and Ruth Orrick have been appointed senior advisors for the transition. Kelm-Helgen, who is the daughter of DFL activist Tom Kelm, has served since 2006 as Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller’s chief of staff.

Orrick, a former Thomson West executive, is a former DFL Party chair.

Dayton campaign manager Dana Anderson will be the transition team’s chief of staff. Dayton’s communications director Katharine Tinucci will handle communications for the transition.

Dayton leads Emmer by 8,749 votes out of 2.1 million votes cast. The ballots are expected to be recounted because of the slim margin victory.

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  1. I would appreciate the opportunity to talk with Mark and/or the transition team about affordable housing and public health-environmental justice issues. I have some recommendations from the communities that are most impacted by these issues and would possibly bring a person or two along if Mark would like that. The other issue I am requesting a chance to talk with Mark or staff about is the issue of alcohol taxes as an alternative to casino taxes. I would be bringing Bill Messinger along, since we have been working on this liquor tax issue together for about three years. Can whoever is the key staff person/s for these three issues get back to me. They can be combined in a single visit or divided into the first two and the tax issue separately. Please let me know if you can accommodate this request as soon as possible. I am best reached at 612-237-7156, cell phone by call or text. Many thanks, Rep. Karen Clark

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