The Minnesota DFL has hired two new operatives as the party prepares for the 2016 election cycle. 

The party announced the hires Wednesday in a press release. Kendal Killian will lead the Democratic coordinated campaign, which involves marshaling party resources like voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts across various campaigns. 

Killian previously worked for the state House DFL, John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign and as campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan in 2014. 

Sam Smith has also been brought on as a communications associate. Smith worked for the DFL House caucus in 2014 and recently as a communications associate for Planned Parenthood. He is the son of Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith.