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Former candidate for
Governor of Minnesota
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Years of service1956-1959
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Merrill Anderson was a Republican candidate for Governor of Minnesota in the 2014 elections. He was defeated in the Republican primary on August 12, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Anderson served as a Mandarin interpreter with the United States Army from 1956 to 1959. He proceeded to found public relations firm Merrill Anderson & Associates, which he ran for 39 years. Anderson also created and oversaw a social service agency called Reachout Inc. for 33 years.[1]



See also: Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2014

Anderson ran for election as Governor of Minnesota. He lost the Republican nomination in the open primary election along with lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Mark Anderson. Current incumbent Mark Dayton, a Democrat first elected governor in 2010, ran for a second term in 2014.[2]

The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Johnson/Bill Kuisle 30.3% 55,836
Kurt Zellers/Dean Simpson 23.9% 44,046
Marty Seifert/Pam Myhra 21.1% 38,851
Scott Honour/Karin Housley 20.8% 38,377
Merrill Anderson/Mark Anderson 3.8% 7,000
Total Votes 184,110
Election Results via Minnesota Secretary of State.


Campaign themes

Anderon's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 election:

I'm going to try to pull off a kind of cybermiracle, using the internet to get my message across to overcome what I consider the bias of our state media outlets in favor of career politicians.

A major reason I am running is to try, in the State of Minnesota at least, to break the stranglehold that machine politics have had on the majority of "cities of the first class" across the country, to all our disadvantage and for far too long. Controlling the vote in those population centers often propels candidates into statewide Constitutional offices who are unwilling ot unable to understand the interests and needs of citizens who live and work beyond the urban borders..

Despite the War on Drugs, Great Society, Model Cities Program, the National Defense Highway Program, generations of bloc grants....trillions of dollars poured into these and a multitude of other Federal, State and Local Education initiatives.....Drug use is trending up again, core cities are losing population relations are worse than are like hens just can't find them...and our education system is dumbing down our kids...not preparing them for the future. And the Political Machines, like dragons eating their own tails, keep eating up more and more money from the taxpayers...with the people who are in need getting the leftovers, the dregs.

I was born in Minneapolis 7 decades ago. I've been on scene long enough to remember when we kept up infrastructure and planned well for needed expansions. I remember a Minnesota which got it's streets and highways plowed curb to curb every winter and where the potholes were patched each spring and roads in need were repaved as required. We weren't sending so much money to Washington then and standing hat in hand begging for bits and pieces to come back.

I believe I can knit together all the wonderfully disparate elements that go into building and maintaining a great state and good jobs for all who wish to work..

If it tickles your funny bone at all to shake up the powers that be....and think a fresh Governor's team might be just the thing...then be one of my Volunteers...get on your computer and SHARE this site with every friend you can think of. .

Let's give the political pros and pundits something to chew on for the next few decades....and make some history!


—Merrill Anderon's campaign website, (2014), [1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Merrill Anderson for Governor of Minnesota, "About Me," accessed August 6, 2014
  2. The Star Tribune, "Republican Scott Honour jumps into governor's race," April 24, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.