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Hughes wins Republican party endorsement in U.S. House race

Dave Hughes, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives for the 7th Congressional District of Minnesota, won the Republican Party endorsement at the Minnesota Congressional District GOP Endorsing Convention in Alexandria, Saturday, April 30.

Dave Hughes, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives for the 7th Congressional District of Minnesota, won the Republican Party endorsement at the Minnesota Congressional District GOP Endorsing Convention in Alexandria, Saturday, April 30.

Hughes was selected by delegates of the 38 counties that comprise the 7th District by a majority of 60 percent or more in the first round of balloting. He is now ready to press ahead in the general election in November.

Hughes is a strict Constitutional Conservative. On all bills his first question will be, "Is it Constitutional," he said. His second question will be, "How will it be funded?"

Hughes is a small-government, low-tax candidate, and believes the vast majority of western Minnesotans value these principles.

Hughes has been active in learning more about the agriculture policy of the U.S., and believes more needs to be done in trade reform. Hughes supports the "Zero-for-Zero" policy concept and believes voters need more oversight into what foreign agriculture programs are doing that puts hard-working farmers at a disadvantage.

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On the issues, Hughes is pro-life, believing life begins at conception and ends at natural death. He is pro-Second Amendment, believing gun rights must be protected. On education he is fed up with our lack of academic achievement in our public school system and wants not only to end Common Core, but abolish the entire Department of Education. Education is so important, Hughes wants the states, counties, districts and parents to have more control over their children's education.

Hughes retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2014, after almost 22 years on Active Duty as an officer, pilot, and combat veteran; he is very strong on national security issues, with keen insight into the threats we face.

On immigration Hughes favors building a wall, no amnesty for illegals, no legalization, and no path to citizenship for illegals.

Hughes is currently employed by General Atomics at Grand Forks Air Force Base as their academics and flight instructor for the Predator B drone, teaching the US Customs and Border Protection how to fly drones. He also flies operational law enforcement missions monitoring the northern and southern borders.

Hughes lives with his wife, Amanda, and their seven children in Karlstad, Minn. Amanda is a stay-at-home mother who also homeschools and is a small business owner. In between campaign and work engagements, Hughes is an active father and homeschooling dad. His family is actively working on and supporting his campaign, and looks forward to attending many county fairs and parades this summer. And central to Hughes's busy family, extensive resume, his studied policy stances, and his work defending our nation; he is grounded in his Christian faith.

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