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David Allan Pundt of rural Deerwood on Wednesday announced his candidacy for the new House District 10B, which includes Aitkin County and much of Crow Wing County.

The former radio announcer and Vietnam veteran said taxes are too high, government is too big and public education needs help. He said he hopes to set Minnesota on a fiscally conservative path.

“Every time we turn around we lose a little more freedom and liberty,” he said.

He said spending money we don’t have will bring about doom for a free society.

“I have no specific plans or ideas about where to cut government spending,” he said, but he feared if that if we continued to have a larger and more oppressive government we would experience the same financial problems as Greece. He said state government has been deferring money it normally paid to schools and counties. He questioned whether state employee funds were fully funded but said he had not yet looked into the situation.

Asked if he learned any lessons from his unsuccessful bid for the House District 12A seat in 2008, Pundt said that he would get more sleep, noting that he was sick by the time the 2008 campaign ended.

Pundt said he is pro-life and pro-gun “but the most important issue is financial.”

There is no incumbent legislator in the newly formed District 10B.

Pundt is news director and co-host of the internet station Broken Road Radio ( He previously was news director for KLKS Radio in Breezy Point. He was born in Bertha and moved to Crow Wing County with his parents in 1958. He graduated from Washington High School and after serving in Vietnam returned to Minnesota and graduated from St. Cloud State and the University of South Dakota.

He and his wife, Carol, moved to Bay Lake in eastern Crow Wing County three years ago.

He said he hopes to talk to Republicans holding county conventions in Crow Wing and Aitkin counties on Saturday.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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