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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

Cathy Wurzer spoke with Larry Jacobs, Director of the Humphrey Institute's Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, and the survey's chief author. (09/21/2006)
The major party candidates for governor squared off on Thursday for the first time since their primary victories earlier this week. Pawlenty and Hatch took shots at each other, largely ignoring the Independence Party's Peter Hutchinson. (09/14/2006)
Republican incumbent Tim Pawlenty, DFLer Mike Hatch and the Independence Party's Peter Hutchinson will face off in the November election, and the barbs have already started. (09/13/2006)
Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Peter Hutchinson has raised a lot of money for a third-party candidate, but he's spent even more. (08/30/2006)
With a little more than two months before the November election, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty has a significant fundraising lead over his opponents. Pawlenty's campaign says the governor has $2 million in the bank, twice as much as his nearest rival, DFLer Mike Hatch. (08/29/2006)
Peter Hutchinson believes he can follow in Jesse Ventura's footsteps to become Minnesota's second Independence Party governor. Hutchinson discusses his campaign and the issues as part of Midday's "Meet the Candidates" series. (Midday, 08/21/2006)
Midmorning speaks with gubernatorial candidate Peter Hutchinson about his current campaign, his stance on the issues and the challenges facing the Independence Party. (Midmorning, 08/17/2006)
Among the endorsed major party candidates for governor, only Peter Hutchinson of the Independence Party has never before held elected office. But he has a public record, serving more than three years as the superintendent of the Minneapolis school district. (08/13/2006)
Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Peter Hutchinson unveiled a health care plan that he says will save state and local governments as much as $1.2 billion a year. His plan includes requiring all Minnesotans to have health insurance and slashing administrative costs in half. (08/11/2006)
Independence Party-endorsed gubernatorial candidate Peter Hutchinson offered a lesson on "the price of government" at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute Thursday. His speech was part of the Humphrey's series of "policy talks" from major party candidates for governor. (Midday, 08/11/2006)
The issue of health care is heating up in the governor's race. Two candidates have already outlined health care proposals, and another two will weigh in on the issue this week. Political observers say the issue affects many Minnesotans' pocketbooks, but it's unclear whether it will ultimately affect their votes in November. (08/09/2006)
Peter Hutchinson easily won endorsement from Independence Party delegates for governor. Hutchinson says he offers an alternative to Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and DFLer Mike Hatch, calling them "the most polarizing candidates in recent memory." (Midday, 06/26/2006)
Winning the Independence Party endorsement for governor was no problem for public policy consultant Peter Hutchinson Saturday. (06/24/2006)
Minnesota's Independence Party holds its state convention at Midway Stadium in St. Paul Saturday. Two candidates for governor are promising campaigns that will reach out to disgruntled voters. (06/22/2006)
Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Peter Hutchinson reached into the doctor's office to find a campaign trail companion, naming physician and ex-health company executive Dr. Maureen Reed as his running mate Thursday. (06/15/2006)
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