Cindy Axne defeats Rep. David Young, will represent Iowa in U.S House

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - Democratic challenger Cindy Axne was elected to Iowa’s third U.S. congressional district on Tuesday, unseating incumbent Rep. David Young.

Cindy Axne on the campaign trail in October 2018. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Axne, 53, of West Des Moines beat Young who was running for his third term in office. He fell short in a campaign that grabbed national headlines as one of the country’s most hotly-contested races.

Her campaign highlighted economic challenges facing Iowans, including helping to raise wages for working families and issues with international trade. Other topics emphasized during the race included achieving affordable healthcare for all, protecting public education, strengthening rural communities, women’s reproductive rights, and equality for LGBTQ individuals.

Public opinion polls leading up to Election Day generally showed the Democrat Axne with a slight lead, though within the margin of error.

Axne is a small business owner and community activist. She currently runs a digital design firm with her husband John Axne.

Axne will be seated in the House of Representatives in January 2019.