August 15, 2018 (Karlstad, MN) – In May, Dave Hughes was endorsed by the 7th Congressional District Republicans on the first round of balloting with 81% of the vote. His grassroots support came out again and Dave Hughes won the Republican Primary with 72% of the vote on August 14th , winning 37 of 38 counties. Hughes was also the Republican Nominee in 2016, and he came within 5 points of winning, closer than any Republican in 22 years. Hughes believes his momentum, grassroots support, hard work, name recognition, qualifications and experience will result in victory November 6th.
“I am so thankful for the backing of the 7th District Republicans to take on Collin Peterson in November. We have a unique situation in CD7 because we have a Democratic Congressman who walked away from the Farm Bill, voted against Tax Reform, voted against both GOP Immigration Bills, and has been actively working against the America First Agenda. This is a Republican District and our current representation in Washington, DC, doesn’t align with our values. I believe my hard work and conservative values will bring the change folks have long wanted.” -Dave Hughes, Republican Candidate for US House, MN-7
“Congratulations on Dave’s overwhelming win in tonight’s primary. Tonight’s results show Dave will be a very formidable opponent for Collin Peterson in November.” -Craig Bishop, Minnesota 7th Congressional District Republican Party Chair
Hughes has worked very hard connecting with voters around the district. Team Hughes has walked in 75 parades so far this summer. Dave Hughes has manned the GOP booth of almost every county fair. That hard work will just increase from now until election day November 6th. Find out more about Dave Hughes on his website at www.HughesForCongress.US where you can donate to his campaign, join his email list, or volunteer to work his campaign.
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May 29, 2018
Kip Christianson – Campaign Manager, Hughes for Congress
KARLSTAD, MN – May 29 – Setting up a rematch of the incredibly close 2016 MN-07 congressional race in which he was outspent 35-1, Dave Hughes formally filed his candidacy for the 2018 election with the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office on Friday. This comes less than a week after he received an overwhelming endorsement by the 7th District Republican Party at their convention in Ottertail.
Hughes, who trains the pilots of the United States Customs and Border Protection agency, won endorsement by a vote of 236-48 on Saturday May 19 at Thumper Pond. The excitement in the convention hall was inescapable as delegates and alternates from across the district offered a standing ovation as Hughes took the stage to accept their endorsement, flanked by his wife Amanda and their seven children. Gesturing to his young family, Hughes said, "I'm running for office so that my children, and yours, can enjoy a brighter future."Read more
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Dave Hughes, 218-452-3214
Republican Congressional Candidate Dave Hughes Grateful for Freedom Club Support
“Thank you Freedom Club for your endorsement, support, and promotion of my campaign!
With the help and vote of Republicans, Conservatives, Independents, Libertarians, Trump
Democrats, and others eager for a new vision and servant leader, we can win this year.
Please spread the word!” – Dave Hughes, 2018 Republican Candidate for Congress,
Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District, regarding Freedom Club of Champlin, MN.
For more information about Dave Hughes for Congress please www.HughesforCongress.us.
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Dave Hughes, 218-452-3214
President Trump and House Republicans want new, modest work requirements for SNAP (i.e. food stamps) recipients. When Democratic Party Leaders learned this two weeks ago, they ordered Congressman Collin Peterson to abruptly halt all negotiations on the 2018 Farm Bill. Peterson dutifully obeyed, and now passage of the Farm Bill this year is in jeopardy. I will serve on the House Agriculture Committee. I will help pass conservative solutions that will both prosper the American Farmer and be responsible to the American Taxpayer.” – Dave Hughes, 2018 Republican Candidate for Congress, Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District
For more information about Dave Hughes for Congress please www.HughesforCongress.us.
September 23, 2018 -- I am really excited for Monday to come! I have a full day planned in Stevens County, and it was all planned by a farmer. See, my support is with the people of western Minnesota; the small business owners, the farmers, the hardworking families trying to make ends meet. These are the people that brought me within 5 points of beating Collin Peterson in 2016, these are the people that are working for my 2018 victory, and these are the people I will serve in Washington, DC. I am working with my western Minnesota neighbors to make a change in the 7th District.
First Minnesota 7th Congressional District Poll is Bad News For Collin Peterson & Good News for Dave Hughes
September 13, 2017 (Karlstad, MN) -- Dave Hughes, Constitutional Conservative Republican Challenger to Democrat Collin Peterson for the 2018 midterms has commissioned the first poll of the election cycle. Results are not good for Collin Peterson, as the poll shows Hughes and Peterson are neck and neck with almost 1/3rd of people polled still undecided. Clearly support for Collin Peterson is diminishing.
The poll consisted of 504 people in Minnesota’s Congressional District 7. Collin Peterson came in with 40%, Hughes at 33%, and 27% listed undecided. Those taking the poll had an option to leave a comment at the end, and 8% of people asked why other Republican candidates were not listed. These were Republicans that marked “Undecided”. Surely if they were for a different GOP candidate now, their vote will go to Hughes in 2018 if he wins party endorsement. The polling company’s directors discussed the results and determined that since Hughes was the 2016 candidate, with the best name recognition and best performance of any Republican in over 20 years, any Republican candidate entering the race to try for endorsement over Hughes, or if anyone tries to primary Hughes, is essentially sabotaging the momentum, with a Democratic Party victory likely as a result. What they see in Congressional District 7’s race is something they have never seen, between the unpopularity of an incumbent and Republican challengers sabotaging their own party’s best candidate in Dave Hughes. They are seeing incumbent unpopularity far beyond anything they are seeing in races around the country, with the average normally around 10% undecided, now incumbents are seeing 10-15% undecided in 2017, due to lack of results in Congress. In Minnesota’s Congressional District 7, 27% of voters listed undecided. Dave Hughes has some votes he can win -- that is for sure!Read more
August 18, 2017 (Karlstad, MN) - Dave Hughes, the Republican Challenger to Collin Peterson not only surpassed all Republicans in fundraising in the 2nd Quarter, he surpassed Collin Peterson in funds raised within the district. Dave Hughes is also the only candidate in the 7th Congressional District of Minnesota that has self-funded to some extent. Hughes is the only candidate with skin in the game.
Hughes has worked the grassroots efforts very aggressively in the 2nd quarter to maintain his 2016 momentum. Dave Hughes has attended 35 parades and 12 county fairs so far, with more on the calendar. It is clear that Dave Hughes’ name recognition is at the top of the leaderboards right now, and change is coming to the 7th District. Recent feedback to Hughes on the 2018 midterms, “Dave Hughes is the Conservative Champion we’ve been looking for!”, and, “Dave Hughes is unbeatable. This contest is over before it even started.” Clearly the district is ready to turn red. Hughes has been working hard connecting with the voters over the summer, connecting with delegates at events, and making key connections with donors and influencers.Read more
July 14, 2017 (Karlstad, MN) -- There is a new College Republicans chapter in Minnesota on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN. The conservatively principled core leadership of this new College Republicans chapter recently voted unanimously to endorse Republican Congressional Candidate Dave Hughes for 2018.
"As President of the Southwest Minnesota State University College Republicans, I want to emphasize that we are excited to endorse Republican Dave Hughes in his quest for the US House seat of the 7th Congressional District of Minnesota in the 2018 midterm election. Our board met, and with 100% agreement has come to the decision to endorse Hughes for Congress. Dave Hughes is a strong Conservative who adheres to the principles of the constitution, and has a strong understanding of public policy and procedures. We are heavily engaged and energized with his very active campaign, travelling throughout the large 7th Congressional District. We will be actively campaigning for him and with him until the general election. We will welcome him this fall or winter for a Fundraiser and Town Hall. In November of 2018, we will be actively working on our campus in a massive get out the vote effort. Dave Hughes had a great showing in 2016, and now he has great momentum and name recognition. We are confident we will have a new Republican Congressman in Dave Hughes come 2018." - Jesse McArdell, President - College Republicans of Southwest Minnesota State University
“I am thrilled with the endorsement from the SMSU College Republicans! They are so energized to make a difference in 2018! I am surely courting the younger demographic in my campaign plan for a 2018 victory, and this piece of the puzzle is going to be very effective in Lyon County.” - Dave Hughes, 2018 Republican Candidate for US House, MN-7Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Karlstad, MN) -- Collin Peterson supports a Single Payer Health Care system. Collin Peterson features himself a conservative, blue dog Democrat, but he’s fine with the country going to Single Payer. Collin Peterson is not the conservative he pretends to be.
- In Collin Peterson’s opening remarks he once again repeated he didn’t vote for initial passage of ACA in ‘09/’10, and repeated he opposed repeal of ACA because there are several good things in ACA worth keeping. That’s talking out both sides of his mouth; typical of a career politician. If you ask Collin what’s good about ACA, he only ever mentions two things – Pre-existing Conditions, and Kids on Parent’s policies until age 26. For the sake of argument let’s dispense with the latter; kids on parents policies until 26 is a nice to have, not a major national priority. That leaves Pre-existing conditions. The question we must answer as a nation, and which Collin Peterson never discusses is, is the current Obamacare solution to Pre-existing Conditions worth the daily financial and medical devastation experienced by the farmers, small business owners, and other individual market consumers all over western Minnesota and our nation?
- Collin Peterson said, “Drop the Medicare eligibility age to 55. That will solve the problem.”
OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (Karlstad, MN) Dave Hughes was the 2016 Republican Candidate for Congress who came within 5 points of defeating incumbent Collin Peterson. A couple weeks later he was the first US House Candidate in the nation to file with the Federal Elections Commission his proper paperwork for the 2018 cycle.
As part of the grassroots effort for 2018 Hughes has looked to the great grassroots support he garnered in 2016, and has the following Team Hughes Captains committed for the 2018 cycle.
Tim Benoit in Meeker County
David Rohy in Meeker County
Colton Determan in Becker County
Mickey Kyler in Polk County
Shelly Woods in Sibley County
Jon Allen in Douglas County
Janine Hanson in Clay County
Republican Congressional Candidate Dave Hughes’ Response to Representative Collin Peterson’s April 10th Moorhead Health Care Town Hall
April 11th, 2017 (KARLSTAD, MN) - Monday night Collin Peterson held his first public town hall in nearly a decade, covering the topic of Health Care. 2016 Republican Party-endorsed Congressional Candidate Dave Hughes attended the meeting.
“Kudos to Collin for holding this town hall; it’s been a very long time since his last one. If I’m elected in 2018 to serve the people of western Minnesota, I’ll hold 18-20 public town halls in MN-7 each year, so that in every 2-year election cycle I’m able to visit each of my district’s 38 counties and their constituents at least once. They deserve no less.”
For Immediate Release, February 10th, 2017 – (Karlstad, MN) National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Steve Stivers on February 8th announced initial offensive targets for the 2018 cycle. These 36 seats are held by Democrats that are out of touch with their districts and will be targeted by the NRCC for the next 21 months. In this targeted list is the 7th Congressional District of western Minnesota, the seat held by 26-year incumbent Democrat Collin Peterson.
For Immediate Release – (Karlstad, MN) Dave Hughes, the 2016 Republican candidate for Congress in MN-7, who last November narrowly lost to 26-year incumbent Democrat Collin Peterson, attended the MN Ag Expo in Mankato January 25-26, 2017. Hughes is running now for 2018, using these 2 years to campaign, raise money, meet voters, and learn more about Agriculture.
For Immediate Release - November 28th, 2016: (Karlstad, MN ) -- Dave Hughes, the 2016 Republican Candidate for the U.S. House in Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, began his 2018 race the day after his narrow defeat earlier this month. Now Dave Hughes is making it FEC Official, and has submitted his 2018 Statement of Candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives seat for Minnesota's 7th Congressional District.
Hughes is fueled by the enthusiasm Minnesotans have for his Constitutional Conservative political views. Hughes worked extremely hard in the 2016 race, and knows that starting 2 years ahead of the next election, and being everywhere the voters are, will just increase his name recognition and opportunity to engage with the constituents.
Dave Hughes was endorsed by the Republican Party in April of 2016 in Alexandria on the first round of balloting with over 60% of the votes of the nearly 300 democratically elected delegates from all 38 counties of MN Congressional District 7. He then had an unconventional primary opponent, whom he also defeated in the Primary in August 2016. He was very busy with town halls, parades, county fairs, Meet N Greets, and other events, including time with the MN Tea Party and the MN Libertarians. He then narrowly lost to incumbent Collin Peterson who outspent Hughes 100 to 1. Hughes is confident with the Conservative nature of the district, increased name recognition, increased fundraising time, increased time with the Constituents, and increased communication with the voters - Dave Hughes will be elected the next Congressman of western Minnesota.Read more
For Immediate Release (Karlstad, MN) - Collin Peterson, the DFL 26-year incumbent Congressman in the 7th District of Minnesota, narrowly defeated Dave Hughes, the U.S. Air Force Combat Vet and political newcomer. Hughes, who’s never held political office and never ran, came within 4% points ending in early morning of November 9th.
The Peterson vs Hughes election was cleanly ran. Policy ideas and compare/contrast were used without personal attacks. It was a gentleman’s race that was refreshing to western Minnesotans. Hughes pressed Peterson on his failure to vote for the repeal of Obamacare, which is hurting Minnesota farmers and other businesses. Hughes pressed Peterson on his failure to repeal Obamacare, which uses taxpayer funds for elective abortion. Hughes pressed Peterson on his support of Socialist Bernie Sanders. Hughes pressed Peterson on the fact that he is rarely in the district and never hears the concerns of the regular folks. Hughes shared that the citizens of Western Minnesota have not one time in his hundreds of events stated the farm bill as their top priority – the only thing that Peterson leads on. The citizens of the district shared with Hughes their concerns over National Security, Religious Freedom, Obamacare, Education, and our $20 Trillion National Debt -- issues Peterson has never led on.
In the end, the voters chose incumbent Collin Peterson to represent them in Washington, D.C for another term.
Thanks to Jeremy Jones of the Hutchinson Leader. My observations:
Ag Safety Net. Collin wants to spend even more taxpayer dollars on this, when our current program is already adequate with highly federally subsidized Crop Insurance, Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC), and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The federal government ran a $600Billion annual deficit in 2016; we have to get our national fiscal house in order right now.
National Infrastructure. This is a popular one, but here's the thing. Big infrastructure projects are capital intensive, but aren't so manpower intensive. Infrastructure is vital, but the idea it'll create tens of millions of new jobs is a false panacea. And on top of that, Collin likes Hillary's idea of taxing corporations even more to pay for these, making the U.S. even less competitive in our global economy. That's the wrong direction for the country.Read more
OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (Karlstad, MN) Dave Hughes, the Republican Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota’s 7th District, which encompasses the western half of the Land of 10,000 Lakes, was in Williams on Saturday, October 8th. Williams is in the northern Lake of the Woods County, one of the 38 counties in the 7th Congressional District.
Dave Hughes participated in the Williams Potato Day Parade with his family and campaign manager. Dave Hughes has been in dozens of parades this summer, experiencing the Minnesota heat and humidity, and now the more chilly rain we experience in the Minnesota fall. The parade began at 11:45 and meandered through the small, rural town. Hughes was the only state level or federal level candidate to show. Dave Hughes carried his one year old son Gideon while shaking everyone’s hands and introducing himself. His children passed out palm cards that share Dave Hughes’ message of Prosperity, Security and Integrity for his neighbors of western Minnesota and beyond throughout the nation. Other members of the family walked the parade waving the American flag. There were team members carrying Hughes for Congress yard signs. The parade ended where it started, back at the Williams Park.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Karlstad, MN) -- Dave Hughes, the Republican Party Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District, debated 26-year incumbent Democratic Candidate Collin Peterson on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016. Matt Olien of Prairie Public moderated.
Opening statements started with Peterson, who won the coin flip. Peterson concentrated on the divided nature of Congress and our 2016 political climate. He desires a return to regular order. The last time Congress operated in regular order was 1998. Clearly sending the same players to the table does not move budgets through, and we end up with Continuing Resolutions leading to Omnibus bills that corrupt Congressman pack with pork, leading to increased debt and corruption. If we want regular order Mr. Peterson, we need people committed to passing bills in a responsible way. Peterson’s fellow Democrat, Harry Reid, won’t allow the Senate into regular order unless the Republican controlled House gives him and Obama everything that they want.
Hughes’ opening remarks consist of a personal introduction as a native of Karlstad, father of 7 and USAF Combat Vet. Hughes blames the gridlock problems on sending the same people to DC.Read more
I have the Republican base support, evidenced by my winning both the party endorsement and the Primary. I have Independent's support. Independents believe there is more to being a U.S. Rep than the Ag bill. People in western MN are hurting due to high taxation, government overreach, anxiety over Islamic Terror, and concerns over loss of religious liberties -- issues in which Collin Peterson is failing to exhibit any leadership or vision. Now I'm gaining Democratic support. Votes have been already cast by Democrats, those supporting Hillary Clinton, who now believe their U.S. Rep needs to be refreshed by lending their support to me, Dave Hughes. The voice from so many is it is time for Collin Peterson's retirement, and their vote goes to me, a retired U.S. Air Force Combat vet, to represent western Minnesota in Congress. I am excited and ready to serve!Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - (Karlstad, MN) Dave Hughes, the Republican Party Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Minnesota’s 7thCongressional District, attended the Becker County Republicans Fundraiser in Detroit Lakes Saturday evening October 8th.
Hughes enjoyed a very nice meal at the Holiday Inn on the Lakes. He enjoyed meeting up with his fellow candidates who will be on the ballot for Becker County and surrounding areas. Hughes visited with MN Reps Steve Green and Matt Dean, as well as MN House Candidate Ben Grimsley, and MN Senate Candidate James Leiman, and many fundraiser attendees. Dave Hughes is working with his fellow candidates to return and keep western Minnesota in Republican hands. The Minnesota Republican Party is the “Growth & Opportunity Party”, a theme the candidates can all agree with and work towards as they strive for the great people in their counties and districts.Read more