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Walz, Flanagan Seeking Applicants for Councils, Boards, and Commissions

Minnesotans have many opportunities to serve with hundreds of open seats on 100 boards, councils and commissions.

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Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov.Peggy Flanagan, and Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon encouraged Minnesotans to apply for the hundreds of open seats on nearly 100 boards, councils, and commissions that will be appointed by the governor and lieutenant governor. These bodies each have their own set of responsibilities, ranging from advising the governor and Legislature to overseeing professional licensing and environmental protection. Many of these bodies have public member positions, and all Minnesotans are encouraged to apply.

“As a state that consistently leads the nation in voter turn out, Minnesota has a strong tradition of civic engagement,” Walz said in a news release. “Serving on a state board or commission is another opportunity for Minnesotans to participate in democracy and make their voices heard. I encourage Minnesotans from every corner of the state and from all backgrounds and political ideologies to apply.”

“Leadership does not look one certain way and it is important that our state boards and commissions reflect the full diversity of Minnesota,” Flanagan said. “We know that our state does better when everyone has a seat at the table, and we are committed to appointing Minnesotans with diverse viewpoints and life experiences to serve the state of Minnesota.”

“Our state’s boards and commissions rely on the experience and expertise of all kinds of people,” Simon said. “Serving on these boards is a great way to give back to the community, expand professional and personal networks, and lead innovation and progress for all Minnesotans.”

Minnesotans can learn more about the appointments process on the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s website at https://bit.ly/3EKfhwv . Those interested in applying for membership on any state board, council, or commission should complete an Open Appointments application through the Secretary of State’s website https://bit.ly/3wgr3vF. Should people need an accommodation to complete their application or need an alternative application format, please contact Bibi Black at bibi.black@state.mn.us .

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