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Governor: Peter Hutchinson

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
Dec. 17, 1949, Faribault, Minn.
Wife, Karla Ekdahl; Two adult daughters, Emily and Julia.
Founder and president of The Public Strategies Group Inc.
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
Cash on hand
Source: Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board 2006

Links and Resources

Campaign Web site:
Document TeamMN.com

Candidate Pages

Tim Pawlenty survived a scare and claimed a second term as Minnesota governor in come-from-behind fashion. His DFL opponent, Mike Hatch, conceded the race this morning. (11/08/2006)
With the final debate behind them, the candidates for governor hit the road Monday with a series of campaign stops to energize their voters and search out those who are still undecided. (11/06/2006)
Minnesota Public Radio's Nov. 5 gubernatorial debate between DFLer Mike Hatch, Independence Party candidate Peter Hutchinson and Republican incumbent Tim Pawlenty. ( 11/06/2006)
Tax topics took top billing Sunday night as the debate season closed in Minnesota's tight race for governor. (11/05/2006)
Democratic candidate Mike Hatch, the frontrunner in the race for Minnesota governor, took heat Friday from two rivals over a temper he displayed in the campaign's stretch run. (11/04/2006)
A recent Minnesota Public Radio/Pioneer Press poll suggests that only 7 percent of Minnesota voters haven't decided who they want to put in the governor's office for the next four years. That means 93 percent have made up their minds. Eight of those decided voters explain their decisions. (Midday, 11/03/2006)
Independence Party candidate Peter Hutchinson faces long odds in his race for Minnesota governor. But the public policy consultant is undaunted, because he says Minnesota voters want a change from politics as usual. (11/03/2006)
Democrat Mike Hatch sought to reassure voters of his expertise on ethanol on Thursday, a day after his running mate drew a blank when she was questioned in farm country about E-85. (11/02/2006)
A new Minnesota Public Radio/St. Paul Pioneer Press poll shows the governor's race remains locked in a dead heat with just six days until the election. (11/01/2006)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with the three campaign managers for the major party candidates for Minnesota governor. (10/31/2006)
The poll shows Democrat Mike Hatch with 6-point lead over Republican Tim Pawlenty in the race for governor. (10/31/2006)
Minnesota's candidates for governor sparred Sunday night in their first televised debate of the campaign. Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, DFL candidate Mike Hatch and the Independence Party's Peter Hutchinson disagreed on issues such as transportation, immigration and property taxes. (10/29/2006)
With less than two weeks to go until the election, GOP candidates are running ads on immigration. One reason is that the issue is important to GOP voters. (10/27/2006)
A collection of recent Minnesota Public Radio reports examining some of the issues in the races for the U.S. Senate and the governor's office. (Midday, 10/26/2006)
Like he did in the stretch run four years ago, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty began airing an immigration-themed ad. Meanwhile, Democratic challenger Mike Hatch expressed a willingness to approve a gas tax increase despite his personal opposition to it. (10/25/2006)
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