About the Gubernatorial Candidates
Mike Hatch Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor Date of birth: Nov. 12, 1948 Residence: Burnsville Occupation: Minnesota attorney general Family: Wife, Patti, and three adult daughters. Education: Degrees from University of Minnesota Duluth, and Univer...
Date of birth: Nov. 12, 1948
Occupation: Minnesota attorney general
Family: Wife, Patti, and three adult daughters.
Education: Degrees from University of Minnesota Duluth, and University of Minnesota Law School
Tim Pawlenty was raised in South St. Paul. His father was a truck driver and his mother passed away when he was young. The first in his family to graduate from college, Pawlenty worked while attending the University of Minnesota and went on to become a criminal prosecutor and attorney.
Upon being elected, Governor Pawlenty dealt with major challenges head on. He resolved an historic $4.5 billion deficit without raising state taxes.
Governor Pawlenty enjoys playing hockey and running, including the Twin Cities Marathon. He and his wife Mary, a district court judge, live in Eagan with their two children.
Peter Hutchinson was born in Faribault, raised on the Minnesota politics of another successful third party, the farmer-labor movement.
Peter has worked in the private sector as an executive with the Dayton Hudson Corporation and as Chair of the Dayton Hudson Foundation. He served the State of Minnesota as its Finance Commissioner - so he understands the state budget and how to fix it. He co-founded a successful small business - The Public Strategies Group - where he has spent the last 15 years working with governors, legislators, and local officials around the country to deliver better results for citizens at the price they are willing to pay.
Working with leaders of all political persuasions, Peter has diagnosed problems, set priorities, changed incentives, designed solutions, and provided successful outcomes, from a turnaround in the performance and cost of the child welfare system in Illinois to the creation of a 'results for money' budget system for the State of Washington (both of which won recognition from Harvard's Innovations in Government Awards).