A sign that Democrat Mark Dayton is moving ahead preparing to become governor is the announcement of his transition team. Also today Tom Emmer named some new hires to his recount team. Here’s the word from Dayton on his team:
“To begin an unofficial transition for the strong possibility of becoming Governor on January 3, 2011, I have asked Tina Smith and Lee Sheehy to serve as Transition Co-Chairs. State Senator Yvonne Prettner Solon will be centrally involved in the Transition. Ruth Orrick and Michele Kelm-Helgen will serve as Senior Advisors, with others to be named shortly.Dana Anderson will be the Transition Chief of Staff, and Katharine Tinucci will serve as the Transition Communications Director.”
About the transition team leadership:
Tina Smith has served as Chief of Staff for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and as Senior Advisor for Metropolitan Council Chair Ted Mondale during the Ventura Administration. Smith 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.
Lee Sheey’s public service includes serving as Chief of Staff to Senator Amy Klobuchar, head of economic development and planning for the City of Minneapolis, and Chief Deputy Attorney General for Attorney General Hubert H. Humphrey III.
Ruth Orrick is a business consultant and former executive at Thomson West. She previously served as DFL Party Chair.
Michele Kelm-Helgen served as Chief of Staff for the Minnesota State Senate from 2006-present. Previous job experience includes management of a government relations firm and working as the Sales and Marketing Director for City Venture, a division of Control Data Corporation (now Ceridian). Michele previously was a member and chair of the Eastern Carver County School Board.
And the additions to Emmer’s recount team from the Republican Party:
Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton and Deputy Chairman Michael Brodkorb today announced that Ben Golnik will manage recount operations for Emmer for Governor and the Republican Party of Minnesota. In addition, Chairman Sutton and Deputy Chairman Brodkorb announced that Matt Kirkpatrick will serve as director of lawyer recruitment and Janet Beihoffer has been named director of volunteer recruitment for the Emmer for Governor, Republican Party of Minnesota gubernatorial recount operation.
“We are happy to announce that Ben Golnik will manage all recount operations for Emmer for Governor and the Republican Party of Minnesota. Ben is a highly capable individual who most recently oversaw the GOP Senate elections in 2010, helping guide our Party to a historic 16 seat pickup, putting the GOP in the majority in the Senate for the first time since 1972. A veteran of numerous campaigns, Ben did an outstanding job as executive director of the Republican Party of Minnesota from 2005-07,” said Chairman Tony Sutton and Deputy Chairman Michael Brodkorb.
A resident of St. Paul, Golnik currently manages a public affairs company. In addition to Golnik, the Party also announced that Matt Kirkpatrick will serve as director of lawyer recruitment and Janet Beihoffer has been named director of volunteer recruitment. “Matt Kirkpatrick is an outstanding young attorney with a great work ethic- we know he will do a superb job recruiting attorneys for our effort. As a volunteer working on election day operations, Janet Beihoffer has been a tireless advocate for Republican candidates up and down the ticket. We’re certain that she will continue to do great work heading up our volunteer recruitment effort,” said Chairman Sutton and Deputy Chairman Brodkorb.