Governor, 1990 Election
|Jon Grunseth||Man||Sharon Clark (Woman)||Independent-Republican||169,451||49.42||+17.79|
|Arne Carlson||Man||Joanell M. Dyrstad (Woman)||Independent-Republican||108,446||31.63|
|Doug Kelley||Man||Jean Harris (Woman)||Independent-Republican||57,872||16.88|
|Mary Jane Rachner||Woman||Cathy Ouyang (Woman)||Independent-Republican||2,944||0.86|
|Samuel A. Faulk||Man||James Eddleston (Man)||Independent-Republican||2,557||0.75|
|Beatrice J. (Bea) Mooney||Woman||August Berkshire (Man)||Independent-Republican||1,609||0.47|
Grunseth was a businessman from Afton and the GOP U.S. House nominee for the 6th CD in 1974; Clark was a farmer from Madison. Grunseth withdrew from the race on October 28, 1990 following a newspaper report of a longtime extramarital affair.
Carlson was a former Minneapolis City Councilman (1965-1966), state Representative (HD 36, 1971-1973; HD 58B, 1973-1979), and sitting state Auditor (1979-1991); Dyrstad was Mayor of Red Wing (1985-1991). Carlson had launched a write-in campaign prior to Grunseth’s withdrawal and the GOP selected his name to appear on the general election ballot along with Dyrstad for Lieutenant Governor. However, Clark refused to withdraw from the race and unsuccessfully sued Secretary of State Joan Growe to keep her name on the ballot.
Kelley was an attorney, former federal prosecutor, and former Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger; Harris was a Eden Prairie City Councilwoman, physician, and former Virginia Secretary of Human Services.
Rachner was a retired teacher from St. Paul, Independent-Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 1982, Independent-Republican nominee for the 4th CD 1984, Independent-Republican candidate for Secretary of State in 1986, Independent-Republican candidate for the 8th CD in 1988, DFL presidential candidate in 1992, and Independent-Republican candidate for the 4th CD in 1992.; Ouyang was a resident of St. Louis Park and sat on the board of directors of the Asian American Art Center and Chinese Language Village at Concordia College.
Faulk was a resident of Minneapolis and Conservative’s People nominee for Attorney General in 1982. Eddleston was a resident of Shoreview.
Mooney was a registered nurse from Lake St. Croix Beach and 1986 GOP gubernatorial candidate.
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