That’s the finish line, just ahead. After party conventions and primaries and an endless series of debates and political commercials, we’ll soon know who our next governor will be.
The choices couldn’t be more distinct: Mark Dayton, a wound-tight man of the left; Tom Emmer, a full-blown populist from the right; and Tom Horner, who has tried mightily to present himself as the rational man in the middle.
For months, we’ve been hearing their ideas. But there’s a huge jump between campaigning for office and heading the government.
What follows is an effort to examine the style and approach each of the candidates would bring to the job they’ve tried so hard to win. —Doug Grow
Mark Dayton: A serious man taking serious work seriously
Tom Emmer: A salesman with gusto, and a bit of a hockey brawler
Tom Horner: A bipartisan army of one ready to engage public and tackle tough issues