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MN Gov Tim Walz appoints Racing Commissioners

07:18 AM 05 Dec 2019 NZDT
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Minnesota Racing Commissioner Lisa Goodman
Minnesota Racing Commissioner Alan Gingold
Minnesota Racing Commissioner Julie Idelkope

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (December 4, 2019)- The Minnesota Racing Commission is pleased to announce Commissioners Lisa Goodman and Alan Gingold have been reappointed, and Julie Idelkope has been appointed to the Racing Commission for six year terms starting November 24, 2019. In addition to these appointments, current member James Lane has been designated as the Chair of the Commission.

Lisa Goodman was appointed to the Racing Commission in March 2014. She now chairs the Racing Commission's Administrative Affairs and Racehorse Retirement Committees. Goodman also represents the seventh ward on the Minneapolis City Council and serves on several boards throughout the state. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Political Science and Labor Relations.

Alan Gingold also became a commissioner in March 2014 and chairs the Racing Commission's Finance Committee. He has a Master of Science degree in Finance and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Gingold is the Chief Financial Officer and a shareholder of Lorenz Bus Service which he and another shareholder acquired in 1994.

Julie Idelkope was appointed as a new commissioner for the Racing Commission. She will hold a spot on the Commission's Administrative Affairs Committee. Idelkope received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Minnesota and was named a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. She has over 20 years of experience in corporate government affairs and as a state and local public official.

"Commissioner Idelkope's familiarity with legislative process will be helpful to the Racing Commission," said Executive Director Tom DiPasquale.

Commissioner Jerry Bell will be retiring at the end of this year and will conclude his work with the Racing Commission at the next Full Commission meeting on December 19, 2019.

Commission Chairman Jim Lane said, "The commission has benefited from Jerry Bell's wisdom, community stature, and business experience on a wide range of policy and regulatory matters since 2015. We will miss his wise counsel and friendship."

From the Minnesota Racing Commission

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