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Three new names on Gov. Dayton’s list of Met Council appointees

New on his list are Cara Letofsky, Gail Dorfman and Deb Barber.

Gov. Mark Dayton has sent a list to the Legislature of his proposed appointments to the Metropolitan Council. Three new names are on the list of 16 members.

Earlier, Dayton had appointed Adam Duininck as the first full-time chair of the council.

One new name is Gail Dorfman, the former Hennepin County Commissioner who stepped down last year to become executive director of nonprofit St. Stephen’s Human Services in Minneapolis.

Also new on the list is Deb Barber, who ran unsuccessfully for Scott County Commissioner last year; Cara Letofsky, president of the Hennepin History Board and a former aide to R.T. Rybak, is on the list to take Duininck’s former seat from Minneapolis.

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With 4,200 employees and an $890 million annual operating budget, the Metropolitan Council handles metro highways, mass transit, sewers, water and parks, and plans future growth.

Dayton’s proposed list:

  • District 1: Katie Rodriguez, Maple Grove
  • District 2: Lona Schreiber, Brooklyn Park
  • District 3: Jennifer Munt, Minnetonka
  • District 4: Deb Barber, to replace Gary Van Eyll 
  • District 5 Steve Elkins, Bloomington
  • District 6: Gail Dorfman, to replace Jim Brimeyer
  • District 7: Gary Cunningham, Minneapolis
  • District 8: Cara Letofsy, to Duinick’s now-vacant position
  • District 9: Edward Reynoso, Ham Lake
  • District 10: Marie McCarthy, Blaine
  • District 11: Sandra Rummel,White Bear Lake
  • District 12: Harry Melander, Mahtomedi
  • District 13: Richard Kramer, St. Paul
  • District 14: Jon Commers, St. Paul
  • District 15: Steven Chavez, Eagan
  • District 16: Wendy Wulff, Lakeville

In a letter to House Speaker Kurt Daudt, Dayton asks for input on the applicants before he files the appointment notice with the Secretary of State.