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Published February 04, 2014, 05:52 PM

Gov. Dayton chooses Lt. Gov. candidate

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is turning to a trusted adviser to be his running mate as he seeks a second term.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is turning to a trusted adviser to be his running mate as he seeks a second term.

Dayton chose Tina Flint Smith, his chief aide since he took office in 2011, to replace Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon, who didn't want to serve again.

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.

Tin Smith, Lt. Gov. candidate: "While the governor is fighting at the capitol for raising the minimum wage, for a bonding bill, and for lowering taxes on businesses and the middle class, I'm going to be on the campaign trail."

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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