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Miller-Meeks Announces She'll Seek US House Seat

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    OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - Mariannette Miller-Meeks says she'll seek the Republican nomination to Iowa's 2nd Congressional District in her third try for the House seat.

    Miller-Meeks announced Sunday night that she'd seek the seat now held by Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack.

    Miller-Meeks, of Ottumwa, ran against Loebsack and lost in 2010 and 2008.

    In announcing her campaign, Miller-Meeks called Washington a "dysfunctional mess" that needs someone with her experience to bring people together. She also criticized the Affordable Care Act.

    Miller-Meeks is an ophthalmologist and for three years headed the Iowa Department of Public Health.

    She's a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves and served as the first woman president of the Iowa Medical Society.

    She plans to hold events throughout the district Wednesday and Thursday.