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Minn.'s Dayton names close adviser as running mate

Governor Mark Dayton and running mate Tina Flint Smith.
Office of the Governor
Governor Mark Dayton and running mate Tina Flint Smith. Office of the Governor

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is turning to a trusted adviser to be his running mate as he seeks a second term.

Dayton has chosen Tina Flint Smith, his chief aide since he took office in 2011, to replace Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon. Prettner Solon didn't want to serve a second term.

Both Dayton and Smith call Minneapolis home, so the pick goes against the tradition of having a geographically balanced ticket.

Before serving Dayton, Smith was chief of staff for then-Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

Smith is deeply rooted in Minnesota politics, counting Walter Mondale among her past bosses. She also served as a top official for the regional Planned Parenthood operation.

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