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Dave Thul, 38, of Owatonna, has announced that he will be seeking the Republican Party endorsement for the House District 26A seat. Thul is currently the co-chair of the Steele County Republican Party, a position he has held since May of 2009.
“Owatonna and Waseca need a representative in the state house who understands and represents the average constituent,” Thul said. “We need to elect a leader who will help put Minnesota back on the path to fiscal sanity and financial prosperity.”
Thul has served in the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry of the Minnesota National Guard for 18 years. He was deployed to Kosovo in 2003-2004 and to Iraq with the 1st BCT of the Red Bulls in 2005-2007. He was awarded a commendation for his leadership while in Iraq, and received the coveted Combat Infantry Badge after his vehicle was hit by an IED in 2006.
Thul has been attending college through the GI Bill and will be receiving his Associates Degree from American Military University next month, and will be continuing his education by pursuing a Bachelors Degree in American history. He currently serves as the Junior Vice-Commander for the Owatonna Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3723, and is the chairman of the Owatonna Yellow Ribbon City group.
“Our state is at a crossroads. Two decades of double digit budget increases have led us to the current mess of budget deficits year after year. The Army taught me that common sense is one of the fundamentals of leadership, and both common sense and leadership are sorely lacking in St. Paul right now,” said Thul.
Dave and his wife Heather will be celebrating their 14th wedding anniversary this year, and their two children attend Lincoln Elementary.