New Anoka County Board chair Sivarajah had been Seifert’s running mate

Rhonda Sivarajah was elected chair of the Anoka County Board today; she’d been the lieutenant governor choice for Republican Marty Seifert, who bowed out of the governor’s race, giving Tom Emmer the party’s nomination.

Three newly elected commissioners tilted the board towards the conservative side, giving Sivarajah the support needed to win the chair. Former chair Dennis Berg did not seek re-election to the board in November.

Sivarajah was first elected to the board in 2002, after working for the county’s Human Services Division for nearly 12 years. She represents parts or all of Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Columbus, Lexington, Lino Lakes and the Town of Linwood. Her husband, Ran, is a Roseville police officer.

In selecting her last February to join his campaign, Seifert said: “Rhonda has real-world experience running a small business, life experience raising a family, and practical experience as an Anoka county commissioner with a record of downsizing government through creative solutions.”

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