Des Moines Register
by Jason Noble
INDIANOLA, IA. — The policy prescriptions were largely similar at a forum here Tuesday night, but the presentations and personal stories varied widely among six Democrats vying for the party’s 3rd District congressional nomination.
Candidates Cindy Axne, Pete D’Alessandro, Austin Frerick, Theresa Greenfield, Paul Knupp and Eddie Mauro offered similar positions on issues like universal health care, citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and the recently passed GOP tax reform at the College Democrats-sponsored forum at Simpson College: They’re for the first two and critical of the third.
But beyond agreement on the party’s tent-pole issues, the candidates offered strikingly different approaches, interests and animating principles.
Axne, a former official at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources who now runs a web design firm in West Des Moines, described herself as 3rd-District everywoman — a business owner and mother of two whose early brush with politics came when she tried to get her son enrolled in all-day kindergarten.
She can represent Iowans, she argued, because she shares their experiences — from paying through the nose for childcare to struggling to find affordable insurance — and can apply her own experiences in business and state government.
“I understand our struggles,” she said. “I’m a small business owner, a mom of two teenage boys, a fifth-generation Iowan who understands the struggles we face here on a daily basis.”View full article at the Des Moines Register