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Jim Gelbmann, deputy secretary of state, and other state election officials are pictured at a meeting during the 2008 U.S. Senate recount, in which Gelbmann played a big role. He said he has no role in this year's governor's race recount because he is friends - and a former staffer to - Mark Dayton. File photo by Don Davis.

A Dayton friend, Gelbmann watches recount from afar

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The man called the "the referee in the sandbox" during the intense 2008 U.S. Senate recount is not even on the playground of the ongoing governor's race recount.

That is as it should be, said Deputy Secretary of State Jim Gelbmann, who recused himself from this statewide recount because of his long affiliation with Democratic governor candidate Mark Dayton.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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