Interviews complete, finalists submitted to Gov. Walz
The Metropolitan Council nominating committee has completed interviews of the finalists for each of the 16 Council districts and recommended three names from each district to Gov. Tim Walz for consideration.
More than 200 people applied to serve as a Council Member. The nominating committee, which expanded this year from seven people to 12, interviewed 79 finalists at four public meetings.
“I’m looking forward to the Governor’s appointments and can’t wait to get to work with everyone,” said Metropolitan Council Chair Nora Slawik. “These are all strong candidates who truly represent One Minnesota and I’m confident will contribute to our ability to make our region a thriving and prosperous place for all people.”
State law requires the governor to formally appoint the members of the Council by March 4.
2019 recommendations to Gov. Walz
C Terrence Anderson
Kathryn Schwartz Eckhardt
C. Scott Cooper
Angela Burns Finney
The nominating committee, which was appointed by Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan, first identified five applicants from each of the districts.
The finalists had an opportunity to provide public testimony at four public meetings, which were open to the public and streamed online. At each meeting, the nominating committee interviewed several candidates for four different Council districts.
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The nominating committee was historically comprised of seven members who are current or formerly elected local officials, plus the Council Chair as an ex officio member. To create more seats at the table for Minnesotans to help shape his administration, Walz expanded the committee to 12, including the Chair and four additional ex officio members derived from the metropolitan community:
Janet Williams, Mayor of Savage, representing Scott County, Chair of the Nominating Committee
Dave Bartholomay, Mayor of Circle Pines, representing Anoka County
Randy Maluchnik, County Commissioner, representing Carver County
George Tourville, Mayor of Inver Grove Heights, representing Dakota County
Andrea Jenkins, Minneapolis City Council Vice President, representing Hennepin County
John Choi, County Attorney, representing Ramsey County
Lisa Weik, County Commissioner, representing Washington County
Nora Slawik, Metropolitan Council Chair, ex officio member
Nikki Villavicencio, Disability Rights Advocate, ex officio member
Pahoua Hoffman, Executive Director of the Citizens League, ex officio member
Dr. Joe Hobot, President and CEO of American Indian OIC, ex officio member
Ruby Azurdia-Lee, President of Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES), ex officio member