The Minnesota DFL is excited to announce the hiring of Kendal Killian as the 2016 coordinated campaign manager and Sam Smith as a new communications associate. With these two new hires, the Minnesota DFL continues its commitment to moving the party forward and electing at all levels across the state.
Kendal Kilian got his start with the House DFL Caucus as a field organizer in 2002 and John Kerry for President in 2004. As the political affairs coordinator for the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE), Killian managed the candidate endorsement process, GOTV, and member-to-member persuasion. Kendal helped win one of the most contested races in Minnesota’s history as campaign manager for Congressman Rick Nolan’s reelection campaign in 2014. Most recently, Killian lead the DFL’s Off-Year program to set the foundation for a successful 2016 election cycle.
Sam Smith is a born and bred Minnesotan who has spent his life immersed in DFL politics. After graduating from Bowdoin College, Smith studied and taught English at UCLA before returning home to work as a field organizer for the DFL House Caucus in 2014. Most recently, Sam worked as a communications fellow for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin released the following statement:
“I am excited to bring Sam Smith on board and continue working with Kendal in this new capacity. With the upcoming presidential campaign, a crucial election in the Second Congressional District, and an opportunity to win back the State House, the DFL is thrilled to make these early investments in the 2016 election cycle. I am thrilled to have both Kendal and Sam join the team.”