Jon Grunseth

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Jon Grunseth
Independent-Republican candidate for
Governor of Minnesota
Election date
Opponent(s) Rudy Perpich (DFL)
Arne Carlson (Write-In/I-R)
Incumbent Rudy Perpich
Personal details
Born November 11, 1945 (1945-11-11) (age 68)[1]
Political party Independent-Republican
Spouse(s) Vicki (to 1998)
Children 5
Occupation Businessman

Jon Grunseth (born November 11, 1945) was a Minnesota businessman and politician and the 1990 Independent-Republican nominee for Governor of Minnesota. Grunseth won his party's endorsement and won its primary election, but was forced to quit the race nine days before election day in the wake of a scandal.[2]

Grunseth, the Ecolab Vice President of Public Affairs, earned the Independent-Republican Party's endorsement at their state convention, defeating moderate State Auditor Arne Carlson. He defeated Carlson again in the primary to become the main opposition to two-term incumbent Governor Rudy Perpich.[3]

On October 15, 1990, it was revealed that, in 1981, Grunseth had invited three then-teenaged friends of his step-daughter, as well as his step-daughter herself, to go skinny-dipping in the pool at his home. The revelations severely damaged his candidacy, leading Carlson to re-enter the race as a write-in candidate.[4]

Facing certain defeat, Grunseth withdrew from the race on October 28, 1990. Carlson, the runner-up in the primary, replaced him on the ballot and ultimately defeated Perpich.[5]

Grunseth now lives in Barnes Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia, where he purchased property in 1997 and founded Lennonville Orchards, a large cherry-growing operation.[6]


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  2. ^ "Minn. nominee quits gov's race". USA Today. October 29, 1990. Archived from the original on March 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ Gilbert, Curtis (November 5, 2010). "Recent race tame compared to 1990 gubernatorial contest". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Republican Quits Minnesota Governor's Race". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. October 29, 1990. 
  5. ^ Fecke, Jeff. "Buckle Your Seat Belts". Blog of the Moderate Left. 
  6. ^ van Berkel, Lody (January 28, 2008). "Many Australian cherry growers caught by extreme heat". Fresh Plaza. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Cal Ludeman
Repulican nominee for Governor of Minnesota
September–October 1990
Succeeded by
Arne Carlson
Endorsed Gubernatorial Candidate,
Minnesota Republican Party State Convention

Succeeded by
Allen Quist