Three candidates announce campaigns for House District 6A – Pine and Lakes Echo Journal
Three men have announced they will seek Republican endorsements for the new State House District 6A seat – pastor Ben Davis, veterinarian Dr John Howe and businessman David Liedl.
After redistricting after the 2020 census, this district includes the cities of Crosslake, Manhattan Beach, Fifty Lakes, Emily, Crosby, Ironton and Deerwood, as well as Fairfield, Ideal, Little Pine, Mission, Ross Lake, Perry Lake, Timothy and Wolford. Crow Wing County Townships; and Ponto Lake Township in Cass County, among other communities in Cass County. This district also includes part of Itasca County, including Grand Rapids and Cohasset.
The candidates, listed in alphabetical order, are:
Pastor Ben Davis was hired into the Central Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge in 2008, where he ministered for 12 years to those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. He is currently the senior pastor of the Remnant Ministry Center in Brainerd.
“I have lived in the Brainerd Lakes area most of my life and for the past 14 years have served in the ministry full-time,” Davis said in a press release. “Most of us understand how tricky the economy can be locally. When the Potlatch plant closed, it was devastating for many working families in the Brainerd area. Growing up in the school district of Crosby-Ironton, we learned about the economic disparity in our own backyard – the loss of mining crippled other businesses that also had to close.We witnessed firsthand the devastation of the “excessive government intervention in our churches, businesses, and schools. We, the people, must reclaim what is inherently ours. My commitment to bringing a servant leadership style and voice to the residents of District 6A is a promise that I will not deny.
Davis is pro-life and has championed issues of election integrity, medical freedom, and constitutional rights.
“I have a passion to understand that our rights are given by God, not by the government,” he said.
Davis will celebrate 22 years of marriage with his wife, Dawn, with whom they have six children. He is an avid hunter and loves aviation.
A retired businessman and veterinary practice owner, Dr. John Howe of Grand Rapids has served on a number of state boards and other associations, including as a former president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, past president of the Minnesota Veterinary Association, two terms on the Minnesota Animal Health Council, and agriculture advisory committee member for Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach.
“My veterinary practice and business background have provided me with a strong understanding of the challenges facing our farmers and rural communities,” Howe said in a press release. “This district has had great conservative leadership from Reps. Spencer Igo and Dale Lueck, who are now in different districts, and I look forward to continuing their conservative leadership in fighting government mandates, developing and strengthening our rural economies, defending mining, protecting medical freedom and unborn children, and much more. I look forward to talking with my friends and neighbors in this new neighborhood of Home as I launch my campaign.
Howe and his wife, Diane, have been married for over 52 years and have two adult children. Howe graduated from the University of Minnesota as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
In his spare time, he holds leadership positions at Full Gospel Church in Grand Rapids. He is a National Rifle Association Supporting Member, NRA Range Safety Officer, NRA Certified Firearms Safety and Personal Defense Instructor, and was a Hunter Bowman Safety Instructor. of the Department of Natural Resources.
He is an active hunter and fisherman, and a member of the All-Terrain Vehicle Association of MN and the Itasca Gun Club.
Local businessman and community leader David Liedl has been an active member of the local GOP, previously serving as state delegate and treasurer of the Crow Wing County Republican Party Executive Council.
Liedl owns and operates the Culver restaurants in Brainerd and Bemidji, and general manager of Woods to Water Vacation Homes. He believes his established record as an effective, no-nonsense business leader will translate into success for the people he hopes to serve.
“I am proud to call the Lake District my home and thrilled to have the opportunity to represent the people of District 6A in St. Paul,” he said in a press release. “Working in the hospitality industry has taught me leadership, patience, compassion, and service. the pursuit of that calling by serving in elective office.”
Liedl and his wife Cassie have been married for 10 years and have four children: Noah (9), Sadie (7), Hazel (5) and Luca (9 months). A member of his parish advisory board and a committed pro-life candidate, Liedl said his faith-based family values are what motivate him to run for office.
“I was raised with conservative, small-town Christian values that shape the way I run my businesses and live my life,” said Liedl, a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. “After God, my family is the most important thing in the world – they are my world. That’s why I’m here: to build a future for my children and for our entire community that is rooted in the tried and true conservative values I grew up with. These values are under attack daily, and I promise to be a strong defender of them on our state Capitol.
Liedl is an avid outdoorsman, served as the regional coordinator for Catholics at the Capitol Advocacy Day, and chaired a legislative initiative to improve child care in his local community. He attended the University of Notre Dame before returning to the Lake District to take over the family business, marry his high school sweetheart Cassie, and start their family.