Richard Carlbom, who’s been St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s communication director since the beginning of the year, has been hired as campaign manager for the Minnesotans United for All Families, a group urging voters to reject a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.
Carlbom previously was campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in 2010 and had been mayor of St. Joseph, Minn., from 2005 to 2007.
Said Carlbom in a letter posted on Facebook:
I am honored and humbled to share with you first the news that I have been chosen as the Campaign Manager for our effort to defeat the constitutional amendment banning marriage for same-sex couples.
I will officially start on September 24th (when I visit an exciting event in Saint Cloud, MN — you should join me), but can’t wait to get started on this critically important work we are all about to do together.
We are going to get to know each other over the next few weeks and months — and share a common experience like none other. Our efforts working together will lead to victory in 2012.
Coleman’s office said a new city communications director will be hired after Carlbom leaves Sept. 23.