Ovsak Financial, located in Breckenridge, Minnesota, sponsored a meet-and-greet for Minnesota District 7 Congressional candidate Dave Hughes Thursday, Oct. 25. It provided a chance for community members to meet the candidate and ask questions so as to be a little more knowledgeable on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Dave Hughes, 49, is originally from California with a degree in aerospace engineering. After graduation he moved to begin his active duty service for the U.S. Air Force at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. That is where he met and married his wife, Amanda. Hughes retired after 21 years of service as a Major having top security. They decided to move back to northern Minnesota, where his wife is from. They currently reside with their seven children in Karlstad, Minnesota. Hughes now works for General Atomics as an MQ-9 UAS (drone) instructor pilot, flying operational missions guarding both our northern and southern borders and training U.S. Customs and Border Patrol aircrews.
Hughes wants to unseat 27-year Dem. Incumbent Rep. Collin Peterson. Having lost to Peterson in 2016, receiving 47 percent of the vote against Peterson’s 53 percent, he immediately announced his candidacy for 2018. Hughes said he knows he has a lot of work to do.
“I am making a concerted effort to visit everyone in all 38 counties of Minnesota District 7,” he said. “I am a political outsider and never held public office, but I do not see that as a bad thing. Instead I think it is a good thing with fresh eyes and new leadership.”
When asked why he decided to run for the seat again, he responded, “I am running for a few reasons. First, to serve and protect the American dream, as I think the country has been going in the wrong direction for a long time. I also think the House of Representatives needs more conservatives in there to get their agenda passed and I want to be a conservative enforcement for the GOP in the House. Thirdly, I want to partner with President Trump to accomplish the ‘America First’ agenda as quickly and completely as possible.”
Attendees asked questions with regard to agriculture including tariffs, steel surcharges, and the Farm Bill; healthcare reform, term limits, immigration and chain migration, Medicare, and national security.
“When elected, I promise to hold publicly advertised town meetings in each of the 38 counties yearly,” Hughes said. “We need to be accessible to the citizens that we serve.”