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Clinton names Minnesota leadership team

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president announced that several well-known Minnesota politicians, labor organizers and donors will be part of her leadership team in Minnesota.

Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Al Franken and other state and federal politicians have been tapped to serve as the in-state leadership for the campaign.

Dayton, Klobuchar and Franken have been supporting Clinton for quite some time, but a few others, including former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, have pledged their support for the first time. Page couldn’t take an active role in politics during his time on the bench. He retired in August.

The announcement comes as Vice President Joe Biden is nearing a decision on whether he intends to run for president in 2016. A list of top Minnesota politicians, activists and donors could send a message to Biden that Clinton’s team has already locked down significant support in a state that has a number of key delegates and super delegates at the national convention.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is also spending a lot of time and energy on organizing support in Minnesota. He’s held several events in Minnesota over the last year.

Here’s the list released by Clinton’s campaign:

Joining the Hillary for Minnesota Leadership Council today:

  • U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

  • U.S. Senator Al Franken

  • Governor Mark Dayton

  • Lt. Governor Tina Smith

  • U.S. Representative Tim Walz

  • State Senator Melissa Franzen

  • State Senator Jeff Hayden

  • State Senator Sandy Pappas

  • State Senator Kathy Sheran

  • State Senator Katie Seiben

  • State Senator Terri Bonoff

  • State Senator Ann Rest

  • State Representative Paul Thissen (House Minority Leader)

  • State Representative Erin Murphy (House Deputy Minority Leader)

  • State Representative Linda Slocum

  • State Representative Rena Moran

  • State Representative Cheryl Youkim

  • State Representative John Lesch

  • State Representative Dan Schoen

  • State Representative Jon Applebaum

  • Mayor Betsy Hodges, Minneapolis

  • Mayor Chris Coleman, St. Paul

  • Councilman Jacob Frey, Minneapolis

  • Councilman Abdi Warsame, Minneapolis

  • Former US Assistant Secretary of State Eric P. Schwartz

  • Former Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner-Solon

  • Former Minnesota Secretary of State Joan Anderson Growe

  • Former Councilman Melvin Carter, St. Paul

  • Ken Martin, Chairman, Minnesota DFL

  • Dr. Sheila McGuire Riggs, Former IA Democratic State Party Chair

  • Nancy Schumacher, DNC Member

  • Lauren Beecham, Executive Director, Women Winning

  • Susy Bates, Deputy Director, Women Winning

  • Maggie Meyer, Associate Director, Women Winning

  • Mary Ricker, National Executive Vice President, AFT

  • Denise Specht, President, Education Minnesota

  • Brandon Rettke, Education Minnesota

  • Joshua Kyle Makarios, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters

  • Colleen Murphy-Conney, Machinists, Directing Business Representative LL 623

  • Rick Ryan, Machinists, Assistant Directing Business Representative DL 77

  • Lynn Wilson, Congressional District 1 Grassroots Volunteer Lead

  • Hannah Quinn, Carleton College Grassroots Volunteer Lead, 2nd Congressional District

  • Jules D'Eredita, Macalester College Grassroots Volunteer Lead, 4th Congressional District

  • Teresa Campbell, 5th Congressional District Grassroots Volunteer Lead

  • Conrad Zbikowski, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Grassroots Volunteer Lead, 5th Congressional District

  • Jessica Andrist, 6th Congressional District Grassroots Volunteer Lead

  • Justin DePaolis-Metz, 7th Congressional District  Grassroots Volunteer Lead

  • Joel Heller, 8th Congressional District Grassroots Volunteer Lead

  • Alan C. and Diane Sims Page

  • Vance Opperman

  • Ellen Goldberg-Luger

  • Laura Bishop

  • Hubert "Buck" Humphrey

  • Dean Phillips

  • Tammy Lee Stanoch

  • Karen Wilson Thissen

  • Gerald Strauss

  • Corey Day

  • Shivanthi Sathanandan

  • Heidi Kraus Kaplan

  • Jettie Ann Hill

  • Sami Rahamim