Governor, 1930 Election

Primary Republican

Date: June 16, 1930
Cycle: 1930
Office: Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Raymond P. (Ray) Chase Man Republican 201,234 45.81 +19.75
Joseph Alfred Arner (J.A.A.) Burnquist Man Republican 114,473 26.06
Nathaniel John (N.J.) Holmberg Man Republican 82,669 18.82
Albert Lagerstedt Man Republican 17,389 3.96
Paul F. Dehnel Man Republican 13,746 3.13
Eivind Klaveness Man Republican 9,769 2.22

This was an open seat race as Governor Christianson decided to run for U.S. Senate.

Chase was a former Anoka municipal judge (1911-1916), deputy state Auditor (1916-1921), and state Auditor (1921-1931). He would later win election to the U.S. House (AL, 1933-1935) and the state Railroad and Warehouse Commission (1944-1948).

Burnquist was a former state Representative (HD 33, 1909-1913), Lieutenant Governor (1913-1915), and Governor (1915-1921) from St. Paul.

Holmberg was a farmer from Renville, former state Representative (HD 22, 1907-1915) and state Senator (SD 23, 1915-1919), and sitting Commissioner of Agriculture (1919-1931). He would later win election to the Minnesota Railroad and Warehouse Commission (1940-1951).

Lagerstedt was a teacher and farmer from Gibbon and state Representative (HD 15, 1923-1931).

Dehnel was a newspaper editor from Rochester and Progressive U.S. House nominee in the 2nd CD in 1914.

Klaveness was a physician and surgeon from St. Paul and former head of the Moderation League of Minnesota.


  • The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota, 1931 (p. 187).