Dayton names new aide

Gov. Mark Dayton has selected Jamie Tincher as his new deputy chief of staff for policy and legislative affairs.

Tincher replaces Michelle Kelm-Helgen, who left last month to chair the newly created Minnesota Sports Facility Authority. Tincher is currently director of caucus and legislative services for the Minnesota House DFL caucus. She begins her new job on Aug. 15

In an e-mail announcing the hire, Dayton’s chief of Staff Tina Smith said she was delighted to share the news.

“Jaime will be a fantastic addition to our team,” Smith wrote. “Jamie will bring to the Deputy position excellent strategic and management skills, well-established relationships with legislators and local organizations and advocacy groups, and a deep knowledge of the state’s political landscape. On a personal note, I know you will enjoy working with Jaime. She is smart, cool under pressure, and a great listener and manager.”

Tincher also managed the 2010 gubernatorial campaign of Margaret Anderson Kelliher, who won the DFL endorsement that year but lost in the primary to Dayton.

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