John Gunyou, Candidate for Three Rivers Park Commissioner District 4

Recently retiring as city manager of Minnetonka, Gunyou says he's running for Park Commissioner because natural areas have always been important in his life.

General Information

Name: Mr. John Gunyou
Age: 64
Place of residence: Minnetonka, MN



Attended college: Yes
College: US Air Force Academy
Degree: B.S. Economics
Year of graduation: 1970

Grad school

University: Univeristy of California (UCLA) & University of Colorado
Degree: M.A. Economics & M.P.A. Finance
Year of graduation: 1972 & 1976

Military service

Has served in the military: Yes
Rank: First Lieutenant
Date when discharged from duty: 28 February 1972

Employment Information

Job titles held: Minnetonka city manager, Minnesota finance commissioner, MPR executive, internet company president, teacher and economic consultant.
Employers: City of Minnetonka, State of Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio, Onvoy, BBC Consulting, Universities of Minnesota, Hamline & St. Thomas

Political Information

Party affiliation: Independent
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Three Rivers Park Commissioner
Chamber/district: District 4
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices: NA
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: Minnesota Lt. Governor

Party HQ

Address 11111 Sumac Lane

Campaign Manager

Name : Terry Schneider
Title : Minnetonka Mayor


Website : www.johngunyou.com
Twitter : @JGunyou
Facebook : www.facebook.com/JohnGunyouForThreeRiversParkCommissioner

Other facts

I am running for Three Rivers Park Commissioner, because parks, trails, and natural areas have always been important in my life. My father taught me at a young age that we don't plant trees for ourselves, we plant them for our grandchildren. I take those words to heart, and have tried my best to live by them throughout my 40-year career.

I'm proud that my forward-thinking, financially responsible leadership has permanently preserved acres and acres of open space, forests, and wetlands, and has provided the parks and trails that will always make our communities special. I am honored that my Campaign Steering Committee for this nonpartisan election is being co-chaired by Minnetonka Mayor Terry Schneider, Edina Mayor Jim Hovland, Hopkins Mayor Gene Maxwell, Richfield Mayor Debbie Goettel, Shorewood Mayor Chris Lizee, and Hennepin County Commissioner Jan Callison.

I am also very humbled to have the endorsement of such respected leaders as Congressman Jim Ramstad, Senator Dave Durenberger, Governor Arne Carlson, and House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher. I hope you will join them and the many others who are supporting my candidacy for Three Rivers Park Commissioner. Great parks for today and tomorrow; that's my pledge to you, to your children, and to your grandchildren.

I sincerely thank you for your trust and support.


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