Gov. Dayton hires Jaime Tincher to be deputy chief of staff

Jaime Tincher, who knows her way around the Capitol and DFL politics, has been hired by Gov. Mark Dayton as his new deputy chief of staff for policy and legislative affairs.

Tincher had managed Margaret Anderson Kelliher’s campaign for governor in 2010; Kelliher won the DFL endorsement but lost the primary to Dayton.

She has been working as a director of caucus and legislative services for the Minnesota House DFL caucus and will start in the governor’s office Aug. 15.

She replaces Michelle Kelm-Helgen, who Dayton appointed last month as  chair of the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority, which will oversee building and operations of the new publicly subsidized Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

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