The Info List - Peter Hutchinson

Peter Hutchinson (born December 17, 1949) is an American politician, businessman and philanthropy executive from the U.S. state
U.S. state
of Minnesota. He ran as the Independence Party of Minnesota
Independence Party of Minnesota
candidate for Governor of Minnesota
in 2006.


1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Campaign for governor

3.1 Team Minnesota

4 Bush Foundation 5 External links

Early life and education[edit] Hutchinson was born in Faribault, Minnesota, but moved to Rochester, New York with his family at a young age. He attended Dartmouth College, where he received a bachelor's degree in government and urban studies, then attended Princeton University, where he received a master's degree in public affairs and urban planning. Career[edit] In 1975, he returned to Minnesota
and, in 1977, he was elected[citation needed] Deputy Mayor of Minneapolis in the administration of Mayor Albert Hofstede, serving in that post until 1979. After leaving office, he was hired by the Dayton Hudson Corporation, for which he was Vice President of External Affairs and Chairman of the Dayton Hudson Foundation. As Chairman of the Foundation, he oversaw the distribution of $110 million nationwide for use in community improvement projects. In 1989, DFL Governor Rudy Perpich
Rudy Perpich
appointed Hutchinson the state's Commissioner of Finance. That year, a budget deficit seemed likely, but Hutchinson managed to help balance the budget by cutting wasteful and inefficient spending. After Perpich was succeeded by Republican Governor Arne Carlson, Hutchinson tendered his resignation. The next year, he joined two partners. Babak Armajani and John James, in forming the Public Strategies Group, a consulting firm that works mainly with public sector customers. During the mid 90s, PSG had a contract to run the Minneapolis public schools and he served as the superintendent of the Minneapolis Public Schools. In 2004, he and colleague David Osborne
David Osborne
authored The Price of Government: Getting the Results We Need in an Age of Permanent Fiscal Crisis. Campaign for governor[edit] On January 25, 2006, he announced that he was running for Governor of Minnesota
as an Independent, although he would seek the Independence Party's endorsement. In his campaign, his slogan was "Open Up Minnesota," and he promised to restore competency to a state government that he claims is gridlocked by partisanship. He promised not to campaign on what he calls "the 5 G's" -- guns, gays, God, gambling, and gynecology—which he claims are political straw men. The Independence Party's nominating convention was held June 24 at Midway Stadium
Midway Stadium
in St. Paul. Hutchinson and his "team" were endorsed on the first ballot, with Hutchinson receiving 90% of the vote and his team running unopposed. Hutchinson defeated former Jesse Ventura
Jesse Ventura
aide Pam Ellison in the September primary, garnering 66% of the vote. He faced incumbent Republican Tim Pawlenty
Tim Pawlenty
and Democrat Mike Hatch
Mike Hatch
in the general election, in which he was defeated by Pawlenty, earning 141,735 votes for 6.4% of the total.[1] St. Paul's Pioneer Press, Winona's Daily News, and the University of Minnesota's The Minnesota
Daily endorsed Hutchinson for governor. Team Minnesota[edit] On June 15, 2006, he unveiled "Team Minnesota," a group of professionals, politicians, and public servants that he has recruited to run for various statewide offices on the Independence ticket. His lieutenant governor running mate was Dr. Maureen Reed, a former chairman of the University of Minnesota
board of regents. Other members of "Team Minnesota" included Lucy Gerold, Minneapolis' Deputy Chief of Police, for State Auditor; former state Commissioner of Revenue
John James for Attorney General; and Brooklyn Park Economic and Redevelopment Director Joel Spoonheim for Secretary of State. Former Minnesota
Governor Jesse Ventura
Jesse Ventura
endorsed Hutchinson in a series of commercials. Bush Foundation[edit] In late 2007, Hutchinson joined the (Archibald) Bush Foundation, Saint Paul, MN as its President. Under his leadership, in July 2008, the Foundation announced its Goals for a Decade, which seek in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota to (1) develop courageous leaders and engage entire communities in solving problems, (2) support the self-determination of Native nations and (3) increase educational achievement. External links[edit]

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Preceded by Tim Penny Independence Party of Minnesota
Independence Party of Minnesota
nominee for Governor of Minnesota 2006 Succeeded by Tom Horner

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