Peter Hutchinson (born December 17, 1949) is an American politician,
businessman and philanthropy executive from the
U.S. state of
Minnesota. He ran as the
Independence Party of Minnesota
Independence Party of Minnesota candidate for
Minnesota in 2006.
1 Early life and education
3 Campaign for governor
3.1 Team Minnesota
4 Bush Foundation
5 External links
Early life and education
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.
In 1975, he returned to
Minnesota and, in 1977, he was
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 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
David Osborne authored The Price of Government: Getting the
Results We Need in an Age of Permanent Fiscal Crisis.
Campaign for governor
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 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 aide
Pam Ellison in the September primary, garnering 66% of the vote. He
faced incumbent Republican
Tim Pawlenty and Democrat
Mike Hatch in the
general election, in which he was defeated by Pawlenty, earning
141,735 votes for 6.4% of the total.
St. Paul's Pioneer Press, Winona's Daily News, and the University of
Minnesota Daily endorsed Hutchinson for governor.
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
Revenue John James for Attorney General; and Brooklyn Park Economic
and Redevelopment Director Joel Spoonheim for Secretary of State.
Jesse Ventura endorsed Hutchinson in a
series of commercials.
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
Peter Hutchinson for Governor
Minnesota Public Radio profile
Minnesota 2006 Election endorsements from state newspapers
The Public Strategies Group
Party political offices
Independence Party of Minnesota
Independence Party of Minnesota nominee for Governor of Minnesota