KARLSTAD, Minn.-Air Force veteran Dave Hughes has announced his intent to run for Congress in Minnesota's 7th District, which covers western Minnesota from the Canadian border to near the Iowa border..
Hughes, now an unmanned aircraft instructor pilot with General Atomics in Grand Forks, has lived in Karlstad since 2014, where he moved with his wife and seven children after 21 years in the Air Force.
Hughes is seeking the seat held by Collin Peterson, a Democrat who has served in Congress since 1990. Amanda Lynn Hinson, a former deputy chairwoman of the 7th District Republican Party, also is campaigning for the post.
Hughes' campaign website describes him as conservative, and his platform outlines goals on fiscal responsibility, small government and immigration.
"Americans of all political persuasions, generations, ethnicities and backgrounds are outraged over the colossal mess our officials of both parties in Washington, D.C., have made of our great nation," a statement on his website reads. "From Woodrow Wilson to FDR to LBJ to today, all three branches of government have abandoned the principles of liberty, limited government and unalienable rights. Most importantly, they have completely disregarded the clear meaning and guiding spirit of our Constitution."
Fiscally, Hughes calls for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and also aims to eliminate the 16th Amendment, which permits income taxation.
He calls for a temporary "legal immigration holiday" as well as a "comprehensive global war on Islamist terrorism," supports term limits for members of Congress, and seeks to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
An announcement released by Hughes' campaign notes he is a member of the National Rifle Association and the National Right to Life Committee.
"I am acutely aware of the myriad hazards and challenges we face as a nation today," he writes on his website. "I know how to address these with skill, resolve and loyalty. I ask for your vote this November."