Getting ahead of a potential recount, DFL candidate Mark Dayton, who is leading in the gubernatorial count, announced his transition team today, led by a couple of DFL veterans, both of whom have worked for, among others, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Tina Smith and Lee Sheehy are co-chairs of the transition squad, with Dayton campaign manager Dana Anderson the chief of staff.
Smith served as Rybak’s chief of staff and, before that, as senior adviser for Metropolitan Council Chair Ted Mondale during the Ventura administration. She was an executive with Planned Parenthood and has served as a board member for numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Guthrie Theater, the Nature Conservancy, and Growth and Justice.
Sheehy currently is working for the McKnight Foundation but was Klobuchar’s chief of staff, head of economic development and planning for the City of Minneapolis under Rybak, and chief deputy attorney General for Skip Humphrey III.
Others on the transition team: Ruth Orrick, former DFL Party chair, and Michele Kelm-Helgen, who has served as chief of staff for the Minnesota State Senate since 2006.