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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

Former state Finance Commissioner Peter Hutchinson is running for governor under the Minnesota Independence Party banner. He discusses the issues in the campaign. (Midday, 06/15/2006)
The governor's rivals say Pawlenty is clearly running for re-election so he should cancel his weekly radio show. But the governor and the station that airs the program say legally Pawlenty is not a candidate, and his opponents should not expect to get equal airtime. (02/03/2006)
Peter Hutchinson's thirst for adventure took him to the top of Washington's Mt. Rainier in 1985. That climb might seem easy compared to his latest endeavor - a third-party run for Minnesota governor. (01/25/2006)
Midday's "Meet the Candidates" series kicks off with former finance commissioner Peter Hutchinson. ( 01/25/2006)
Peter Hutchinson will officially enter the governor's race this week. The former Minneapolis schools superintendent and former state finance commissioner will run as an Independence Party candidate. (01/23/2006)
The 2006 race for Minnesota governor became more visible Friday, when four candidates shared a stage for the first time. Democrats Kelly Doran, Steve Kelley and Becky Lourey, and Independence Party member Peter Hutchinson spoke at a business forum on early childhood education. The four criticized Gov. Pawlenty's leadership in this area. (11/18/2005)