Nolan names former opponent Anderson, others to staff

Today, Rep.-elect Rick Nolan (D-MN8) announced several of his key staff appointments. Most notable among them: Jeff Anderson, one-time opponenet in the DFL primary and former Duluth City Council President, will be Nolan’s District Director. Anderson will oversee district offices in Duluth and Brainerd, along with yet-to-be-determined offices on the Iron Range and another city in the southern portion of the district.

Jim Swiderski of Onamia will be Nolan’s D.C. office Legislative Director. He staffed Nolan’s congressional committee back in the ’70s and ’80s and

Jodie Torkelson of Thief River Falls will serve as deputy chief of staff, assisting chief of staff Mike Misterek. Torkelson worked under Leon Panetta when he was President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff.

Iona Yates of Clarissa will be Nolan’s Chief Scheduler, a job she performed in the campaign. Yates is another longtime Nolan staffer and ally.

Steve Johnson of Red Wing will be Nolan’s Communications Director, a role Johnson also performed during Nolan’s first stint in Congress. Johnson has spent the last 30 years in the communication field, leaving a top post at Ainsley Shea to take this job.

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