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Governor: Peter Hutchinson


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Though he is not a household name, Peter Hutchinson isn't a stranger to Minnesota politics. He was commissioner of finance in the Perpich administration and was a deputy mayor of Minneapolis. He says he's been involved in two campaigns and both times his candidate lost. But, he says, " while democracy can be rough, in the long run citizens know right from wrong."

Hutchinson started a consulting firm to try new ways of managing government. In 1993, his firm took over the running of the Minneapolis Public Schools. He served as superintendent. He also says his firm helped redesign the Department of Transportation and the Statewide Accounting System in New York state, the child welfare system in Iowa, the budget systems in Spokane and elsewhere.

In his primary election victory, Hutchinson received about 66 percent of the vote cast.

Candidate Bio

Peter Hutchinson
Political affiliation:
Independence Party
Born:
Dec. 17, 1949, Faribault, Minn.
Personal:
Wife, Karla Ekdahl; Two adult daughters, Emily and Julia.
Occupation:
Founder and president of The Public Strategies Group Inc.
Education:
Graduated from Dartmouth College, earned an MPA-UP degree from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School
Major political experience:
Co-founder of Public Strategies Group, Inc. consulting firm; former superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools; state finance commissioner under DFL Gov. Rudy Perpich; was vice president of external affairs for Dayton Hudson Corp.

On the Issues

Audio Conceal and carry (1/25/06)
Audio Education (1/25/06)
Audio Gas tax (1/25/06)
Audio Immigration (1/25/06)
Audio Jobs(10/9/06)
Audio Same-sex marriage (1/25/06)
Audio Stadiums (1/25/06)

Campaign Contribution Report

Total receipts
$555,912
Cash on hand
$16,210
Source: Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board 2006

Links and Resources

Campaign Web site:
Document TeamMN.com

Candidate Pages

If you're not sick of political ads on TV by now you probably will be by Election Day. (10/24/2006)
You won't find anything about social issues such as abortion and same sex marriage on the gubernatorial candidates' Web sites, but they're important to many voters. (10/24/2006)
Minnesota lost nearly 13,000 jobs in September, the third largest monthly job loss in more than 50 years. (10/17/2006)
Public safety is traditionally an important issue for voters, especially those living in areas touched by drugs or violence. (10/17/2006)
A Star Tribune poll shows DFL challenger Mike Hatch pulling ahead of incumbent Republican Tim Pawlenty in the Minnesota governor's race. (10/16/2006)
Midday's Meet the Candidates series concludes three days of gubernatorial contenders with Peter Hutchinson of the Independence Party. (Midday, 10/13/2006)
Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty says the state's job market is "on fire," while his opponents say Minnesota's economic picture is not so hot. (10/10/2006)
In their first and only post-primary debate outside of the Twin Cities, the two frontrunners and Independence Party candidate Peter Hutchinson were forced to address the medical research issue and a railroad expansion that both loom large in the state's third-largest city. (10/05/2006)
Public education is traditionally a top issue for many Minnesota voters, and this year's election is no exception. (10/03/2006)
A new round of gubernatorial campaign ads takes aim at the candidates' tax policies, but some of the numbers fail to add up. (10/02/2006)
Moderators pressed the group to offer specific proposals for future road funding, education reform and the environment. But Mike Hatch and Tim Pawlenty mostly demurred. (09/27/2006)
The candidates have been making a lot of promises about new spending, from free college tuition to more cops on the street. (09/26/2006)
Cathy Wurzer spoke with reporter John Vomhoff, Jr. with the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, who monitored corporate campaign contributions in the state's gubernatorial race from January through August this year. (09/22/2006)
Three independent polls this week say the race for governor in Minnesota is essentially a dead heat between Republican incumbent Tim Pawlenty and DFLer Mike Hatch. The top candidates' campaign managers talk about their strategy in the coming weeks. (09/22/2006)
A new Minnesota Public Radio-St. Paul Pioneer Political analysts say the race could hinge on which candidate sways the most undecided voters. (09/21/2006)