(Des Moines, IA) Today, national women’s pro-choice group Emily’s List endorsed Democrat Cindy Axne in Iowa’s 3rd District Democratic Primary. Seven months ago Emily’s List put Congressman David Young on notice and named him one of their top targets for 2018.
Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s list said the following “Cindy Axne is a small business owner and community activist whose deep Des Moines roots have prepared her to stand up for working families in Congress. Cindy served the state of Iowa for nearly a decade, holding state lawmakers accountable to the people they serve. Her personal experience as a small business owner who was unable to afford comprehensive health insurance has led to her dedication to protect and expand all Iowans’ access to high-quality, affordable health care. As a working mom, she successfully fought to make full-day kindergarten available for every child in West Des Moines. I have no doubt Cindy will continue to fight for families in our nation’s capital.
“David Young is clearly part of the problem in Washington. His priorities are simply not aligned with the working folks who need a champion in Congress. The people of the 3rd District have a far better choice come November. Cindy will fight to defend hardworking Iowans’ economic security and the rights of the most vulnerable among us. EMILY’s List looks forward to helping elect this champion for Iowa working families.”
After receiving the endorsement Cindy said “For over 30 years, Emily’s List has been working to help elect pro-choice women around the country to office and today I’m proud and humbled to join their team. In Congress I will fight to keep Washington politicians out of our Doctors offices, push to close the wage gap, and help bring access to high-quality healthcare to every Iowan.”
Cindy Axne is a fifth-generation Iowan, a small business owner, parent and community activist. She grew up in a tight-knit family on the south side of Des Moines with weekends and summers spent on her maternal grandparents’ farm in Warren County, 4-H activities, and playing 6-on-6 basketball for the Valley High Tigers. Her parents raised Cindy and her sisters to speak their minds and not be afraid to take on tough fights – even when it was uncomfortable. That is the principle that has defined Cindy’s adult life – from working to keep state government accountable to the people it serves, to advocating for all-day kindergarten for every child in West Des Moines, and fighting to fix our broken health care system.
The 3rd Congressional District covers Iowa’s southwest corner, and includes Polk, Dallas, Guthrie, Warren, Madison, Adair, Cass, Pottawattamie, Mills, Fremont, Page, Montgomery, Taylor, Adams, Union and Ringgold counties.