DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and his running mate Tina Smith are expected to attend two different fundraisers in Rochester on Thursday night — one for the governor's re-election campaign and one to support local Democrats.
Rochester developer Gus Chafoulias is hosting a fundraiser for Dayton at the DoubleTree Hotel. Also hosting the event are Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. President and CEO Bruce Engelsma, and three lobbyists that represent the City of Rochester and the company developing Elk Run — Ron and Valerie Jerich and their son Michael Jerich.
In a letter to potential guests, Chafoulias touts Dayton's support for Destination Medical Center and the Mayo Civic Center expansion.
"Governor Dayton appreciates our community more than any elected official that I have known," Chafoulias wrote.
He also encourages people to turnout for the fundraiser regardless of their political party.
"It shouldn't matter if you are Republican, Democrat, or Independent, the Governor didn't ask anyone what political organization they belonged to when he was arranging the funding for D.M.C. or the Mayo Civic Center," he wrote.
Dayton is also expected to speak at a dinner supporting Olmsted County DFL organizations at the Kahler Grand Hotel. The guest speaker at the $85-a-plate fundraiser will be former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.
The visit by Dayton, Smith and Rybak comes on the same day the Destination Medical Center Corporation Board is slated to meet for a work session. Both Smith and Rybak serve on the board. In the evening, a DMC Community Conversation is scheduled where the public can offer their input on the project. That event runs from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Rochester.