FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
CONTACT: Emily Shaftel, 612-760-5313
Today, the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) Action Fund applauds Governor Mark Dayton’s selection of Tina Smith as his Lieutenant Governor candidate. The following is a statement from Sarah Stoesz, President of the PPMNS Action Fund, on the announcement.
"For more than two decades, Tina Smith has been a respected leader on behalf of women's economic security and women's rights at the city, state, and national level. She's been a champion in the ongoing effort to break down barriers to economic stability for all women and their families. She is smart, bold, hard-working, and knows Minnesota. She'll be an outstanding Lieutenant Governor.
"In selecting Smith, Governor Dayton has once again demonstrated his strong commitment to women's issues, particularly women’s access to the health care they need to maintain healthy lives and healthy families. There is no Governor in the country who is as strong a champion for women as Mark Dayton.
"Smith has had a very successful career working in business, the non-profit sector, and government. It has truly been our good fortune that over the past three years she's brought her immense talent and energy to the position of Chief of Staff for the Governor, bringing people together to creatively assess problems, find solutions, and make government work better for Minnesotans. I look forward to her leadership as Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor."
Founded in 1992, the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization. As the political arm of PPMNS, we mobilize supporters of all parties to defend and increase access to family planning services and fact based, medically accurate sexuality education. We work to inspire and engage citizens to take up the cause of reproductive health and rights through education, electoral activity, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy.