Dave Hughes

Dave Hughes is a republican candidate for the U.S. District 7 congressional seat from Karlstad, MN.

Karlstad, MN -- Retired Air Force Major Dave Hughes announced Monday he is a Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives to serve the people of Minnesota's 7th Congressional District.  This marks Hughes' third attempt to land the congressional seat.

“Congress is failing our nation with irresponsible overspending that saddles the American people with a crushing National Debt that threatens the American Dream for our children and generations to come. We need more battle-tested veterans and principled leaders to take power back from the federal government and return it to the people," said Hughes.

Hughes talked with VOA's Joe Korkowski on Tuesday about his thoughts about the election and the district. (AUDIO BELOW)

Hughes went on further to say, “Collin Peterson is a prime example of what’s wrong with the DC swamp. Peterson is a career politician who’s been in office for 40 years. He supports more out-of-control spending through wasteful pork-barrel projects, higher taxes, and allowing a pathway to U.S. citizenship for illegal aliens, including murderers, gang members, and drug runners. Recently, Peterson has a track record of voting against President Trump’s policies more than 80% of the time, including repeatedly opposing funding for the southern border wall. Further, he has sponsored and voted for legislation that would kill millions of American jobs and allow child molesters and rapists to use women’s bathrooms and locker rooms. He has voted in lockstep with Representatives Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib. It is time western Minnesota be represented by a strong Conservative who will put America First and support President Trump.”

“The elephant in the room is that Agriculture is in a death spiral, despite Peterson’s 30 years of opportunity to implement sound policy. During Collin’s long tenure, despite his ostensible clout, Minnesota has lost most of its dairies, corn prices have stagnated, family farms have gone under, and everyone in western Minnesota knows a farmer who’s committed suicide. This crisis must be turned around”, said Hughes.

“In 2018, I was proud to be endorsed by President Trump, and I’m ready again to campaign across all 38 counties of this district to re-elect President Trump and turn this congressional district red for the first time since 1991. Trump won this district in 2016 by more than thirty points. The 7th district wants an outsider, a battle-tested veteran and supporter of the President to be their next representative in Congress."

Joel Novak has also registered as a republican candidate for District 7.

Major Hughes is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He flew the KC-135 Stratotanker, C-21 Learjet, and the MQ-9 Reaper UAS. Hughes deployed to combat zones seven times, participating in Operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Allied Force, and Iraqi Freedom.

Major Hughes lives in Karlstad, Minnesota, with his wife, Amanda, and their 7 children.

The Hughes for Congress campaign is preparing for a Fundraising Campaign Kick-Off this fall. For more information go to www.HughesForCongress.US or find Dave Hughes on Facebook.