Spring Grove School Board member Thomas Trehus has announced that he plans to challenge Preston Rep. Greg Davids again in the 2018 elections.

The Democrat was defeated by Davids, the Republican incumbent, by 54 to 46 percent in the 2016 election for the seat. The House District 28B seat covers Houston and Fillmore County and has been held by Davids with the exception of one term since 1991.

Trehus’ entry into the race surprised both Davids and Greenleafton Democrat Jordan Fontinello, a political newcomer who also has announced a challenge for the seat.

Davis said Trehus told him he planned to run for school board again when the pair had lunch in September.

Trehus also sent a text message to Davids, which read: “Hi Greg, looks like you won’t have any trouble next year! Pretty weak DFLer.”

The message continued, “I’m up for school board again in ‘18 so I’ll be running for re-election here. We are doing some pretty cool and innovative things I’d like to tell you about sometime.”

Trehus did not deny sending the message and said he had only recently decided to run again for the state legislature.

When asked about the reference to Fontinello being a “weak” candidate, Trehus said he thought he was a stronger candidate than his Democratic-Farmer-Labor opponent.

Davids said Trehus “point blank told me he was not running.”

“I don’t know how you can trust someone who tells you one thing and then turns around and does something else,” Davids said.

But Trehus responded that the decision to run was a difficult one.

“I think people are allowed to change their mind and that’s what I did,” he said.

Meanwhile, Fontenello said Trehus had apologized to him for the contents of the private conversation with Davids that was “leaked to the press.” Fontenello said he was not going to resort to “slinging mud at his opponent.”

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Coulee Courier and Houston County News editor

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