Dave Hughes is a 21 year veteran of the US Air Force from Kalstad, Minnesota. Hughes ran against incumbent Collin Peterson in 2018 and lost by under 5%. Peterson has yet to announce is he plans to run in 2020 but has stated that republicans are “dreaming” of him retiring.
Hughes said in his announcement that “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.” Hughes makes it clear that Western Minnesota news new representation “by a strong Conservative who will put America First and support President Trump.”
President Trump endorsed Dave Hughes in 2018 and won the district in 2016 by more than 30 points. “The 7th district wants an outsider, a battle-tested veteran and supporter of the President to be their next representative in Congress.” Hughes points out.
Congressman Collin Peterson chair’s the Agriculture committee but “despite Peterson’s 30 years of opportunity to implement sound policy… Agriculture is in a death spiral” Hughes says. “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” he continues.
For more details on Dave Hughes and his run for congress, check out his website.
Megan Olson is a 2020 graduate of the University of Minnesota with degrees in political science and history. She works in public affairs in addition to serving on the Legislative Advisory Council for School District 196. She is also on the school board for FIT academy, a charter school in Apple Valley.