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Minnesota Governor: The Candidates

Nominees:
Norm Coleman (R) | Hubert "Skip" Humphrey (D)
Jesse Ventura (Reform)

Primary Contenders:
Ted Mondale | Mike Freeman
Mark Dayton | Doug Johnson

Nominees
Norm Coleman (R)
A New York City native, the St. Paul mayor became the only GOP candidate when his three competitors agreed to treat his party endorsement as binding and dropped out of the race. A Democrat for most of his political career, Coleman switched parties in 1996.
Campaign Web site

Hubert H. "Skip" Humphrey III (D)
The son of the former vice president, Humphrey achieved national notoriety as a leader in the legal campaign by several states against the tobacco industry. Humphrey used his high profile to retain front-runner status throughout the campaign. He won the endorsement of the state's largest newspaper, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, in early September.

Minnesota's attorney general since 1982, Humphrey won reelection three times. On his watch, the state attorney general's office stepped up efforts to collect child support, protect consumers and prosecute Medicaid fraud. Humphrey also served in the state Senate for 10 years and was a deputy U.S. Marshal in Washington, D.C.
Campaign Web site
E-mail: humphrey@humphrey98.org

Jesse "The Body" Ventura (Reform)
A former professional wrestler, Navy Seal, radio talk show host and mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Ventura is perhaps the best-known and most impressive third-party candidate in the country. He has focused on education and has said he would like to abolish the state treasurer's office.
Campaign Web site
E-mail: info@JesseVentura.org

Primary Contenders
Ted Mondale (D)
Mondale faced the task of shedding the ultra-liberal label of his father, former vice president and 1984 Democratic presidential nominee Walter F. Mondale. He won the primary endorsement of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, one of the state's largest newspapers, but spurned support from unions.

Mondale also signed an agreement to hold his campaign to the state's $2.4 million spending limit, though he raised money nationwide. The Mondale campaign showed itself to be Web-savvy, buying an online ad on the Web site Checks and Balances, a magazine devoted to politics in Minnesota.
Campaign Web site
E-mail: tmondale@mr.net

Mike Freeman (D)
Freeman won endorsements from the state Democratic party, liberal Sen. Paul Wellstone and the state AFL-CIO. The son of former Gov. Orville L. Freeman, he unsuccessfully sought his party's 1994 gubernatorial nomination and now serves as Hennepin County attorney. Freeman's education proposal, which he announced in December, would increase the length of state-funded education from 12 ½ to 14 years.
Campaign Web site
E-mail: mike.freeman@freeman98.org

Mark Dayton (D)
The wealthy son of a department store owner and heir to the Target fortune, Dayton won the Democratic nomination in the 1982 Senate race. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Dayton pledged to impose a $1.9 spending limit on himself through the primary, but he gave at least $2.1 million of his own money to his campaign. He took in only $70,000 from other donors. According to the Star Tribune, Dayton was ineligible to receive $700,000 in public matching funds because he exceeded the state's $20,000 contribution or loan limit to his campaign.

Dayton advocated hefty tax cuts, requiring employers to provide health care to more employees, giving patients greater leverage against HMOs and increasing regulations on large feed lots.
Campaign Web site
E-mail: markdayton@daytonformn.org

Doug Johnson (D)
State Sen. Doug Johnson was the last Democrat to enter the race. Rather than seeking the DFL endorsement like the other candidates, Johnson decided to focus on the actual primary vote. If elected, he said he would send the National Guard into communities that request assistance to combat illegal drugs, and he was the only major DFL hopeful who opposes abortion in most cases.
Campaign Web site
E-mail: douggov@bitstream.net

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