Governor, 1982 Election


Date: November 2, 1982
Cycle: 1982
Office: Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Running mate Party Votes Percent Margin
Rudy (R.G.) Perpich Man Marlene Johnson (Woman) Democratic-Farmer-Labor 1,049,104 58.76 +18.89
Wheelock Whitney Man Lauris Krenik (Man) Independent-Republican 711,796 39.86
Kathy Wheeler Woman Carole Lesnick (Woman) Socialist Workers 10,332 0.58
Tom McDonald Man Earl Dettman (Man) Honest Government 7,984 0.45
Franklin Haws Man Charles W. Bates (Man) Libertarian 6,323 0.35

Perpich was dentist from Hibbing, former state Senator (SD 63, 1963-1971), Lieutenant Governor (1971-1976), Governor (1976-1979), and DFL gubernatorial nominee in 1978; Johnson worked in advertising and public relations in St. Paul and became the first woman lieutenant governor in Minnesota history.

Whitney was a resident of Independence who worked in the fields of health promotion and chemical dependency, was the GOP U.S. Senate nominee in 1964, and former Mayor of Wayzata (1963-1968); Krenik was a farmer from Madison Lake and Regent of the University of Minnesota.

Wheeler was a laid-off iron miner from Northern Minnesota and Lesnick was a member of the United Paper Workers in Minneapolis. The Wheeler/Lesnick ticket was the first all-woman gubernatorial ticket in Minnesota history. They were nominated by petition.

McDonald was a perennial candidate from Minneapolis who sought the DFL gubernatorial nomination in 1974 and ran under the Honest Government banner in 1978; Dettman was a truck driver and frequent candidate for Minneapolis Mayor. They were nominated by petition.

Haws was a physician from Saint Anthony and Libertarian U.S. House nominee for the 5th CD in 1976; Bates was a resident of Plymouth and systems analyst for General Mills. They were nominated by petition.


  • Minnesota Election Results 1982, Election Division, Secretary of State (p. 29).