DFL convention in Duluth, 1970

June 1970

Here are a couple of photos from the 1970 Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convention at the Duluth Arena:

State Sen. Nicholas Coleman raises Wendell Anderson’s hand in a victory gesture after Anderson was endorsed for governor by acclamation at the Minnesota DFL convention on June 27, 1970. Looking on at left is senatorial candidate Hubert H. Humphrey, and at right are Sen. Walter F. Mondale and Rep. John A. Blatnik. (Charles Curtis / News-Tribune)

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Minnesota gubernatorial candidate State Sen. Wendell Anderson and his wife (center) stand on the rostrum of the DFL state convention at the Duluth Arena on June 28, 1970, flanked by candidates on the party’s endorse ticket. They are (from left) attorney general candidate Warren Spannaus; lieutenant governor candidate State Sen. and Mrs. R.G. Perpich with their son, Rudy, and daughter, Mary Sue; the Andersons; secretary of state candidate Elmer Childress; state auditor candidate Jon Wefald; and state treasurer candidate H. Leonard Boche. (Earl Johnson / News-Tribune)

Here’s a rundown of how these candidates fared, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State website:

  • Anderson won the Minnesota governor’s race
  • Perpich won the lieutenant governor’s race
  • Spannaus won the attorney general race
  • Childress lost the secretary of state race to Arlen Erdahl
  • Wefald lost the state auditor race to Rolland Hatfield
  • Boche lost the state treasurer race to Val Bjornson. The office no longer exists.
  • Humphrey won election back to the U.S. Senate (he had served there previously from 1949-1964, before becoming vice president from 1965-1969)

3 thoughts on “DFL convention in Duluth, 1970

  1. My first state convention. My dentist got the nomination for Lt. Governor. I was 13 years old and spent the night sleeping on the floor of my uncles room at the “swanky new” Radisson. A different age with real leaders (both DFL and GOP) that always had the betterment of people at the top of their priority list. So sad that the “me first” generation has screwed it all up.

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