Brad Monson, Detroit Lakes, announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Congress in Minnesota's Seventh District.
The seat is currently held by Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.
"It's well past time we rein in the federal government and give control back to the taxpayers and demand accountability for our tax dollars," Monson said in a news release.
His proposed legislative initiatives include eliminating the federal gas tax and with it most of the functions of the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, elimination of the Department of Education and taking the entire Social Security Trust Fund off budget.
Monson favors school vouchers, tax credits for tuition and home schooling, and giving Americans control of their personal Social Security Accounts.
Monson began his career as an agricultural commodity market analyst in Fargo, N.D., and has been a transportation planner with the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Detroit Lakes since 1996. He also served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
The candidate earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Moorhead State University and a master's degree in agricultural economics from North Dakota State University.
He lives in Detroit Lakes. This is his first bid for public office.
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