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Hughes declares rematch against Peterson in U.S. House race

Dave Hughes, Republican candidate for U.S. House - Minnesota, District 7. Special to Forum News Service1 / 2
Collin Peterson, Democratic candidate for U.S. House - Minnesota, District 7 Special to Forum News Service2 / 2

MOORHEAD — Republican Dave Hughes formally filed for candidacy a week after receiving the GOP's endorsement to oust incumbent DFLer Collin Peterson in a congressional rematch.

Dave Hughes announced Tuesday, May 29, that he will once again run against Peterson, which he also did during a close 2016 race when the Democrat retained his seat for a 14th term with 52 percent of the vote to Hughes' 47 percent.

Peterson, of Detroit Lakes and a Glyndon native, represents a large swath of western Minn. — 38 counties in total — and was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990. Hughes is a retired Air Force officer from Karlstad who trains U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency pilots.

In a Tuesday news release, Hughes said he won his party's endorsement May 19 at a GOP convention in Ottertail while flanked by his wife, Amanda, and seven children.

"I'm running for office so that my children, and yours, can enjoy a brighter future," Hughes said in a written statement.

Minnesota's primary election is Aug. 14.

Kim Hyatt

Kim Hyatt is a reporter with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth. She started her newspaper career at the Owatonna People’s Press covering arts and education. In 2016, she received Minnesota Newspaper Association's Dave Pyle New Journalist Award and later that year she joined The Forum newsroom.

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