(Des Moines, IA) Today, Former Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal endorsed Democrat Cindy Axne in Iowa’s 3rd District. Gronstal made it clear that he believes Cindy, with her government experience and community activism work, is the best candidate to go up against Congressman David Young in November.
The momentum continues to build behind Cindy’s campaign as this endorsement comes just days after Emily’s List, a national pro-choice organization dedicated to electing women, and former Congressional Candidate Austin Frerick endorsed Cindy Axne.
Gronstal said “While I admire all the candidates in the Democratic Primary, I believe Cindy Axne is the best candidate to go up against Congressman David Young in the fall. Cindy has a proven track record of holding Government accountable, with over ten years experience in State Government, Cindy helped save taxpayers millions of dollars while helping to put people back to work. Along with her professional experience, Cindy’s community activism shows us where her priorities are, by helping to pass All-day Kindergarten in West Des Moines to helping stop construction of an unnecessary road through Walnut Woods State Park. That’s why I’m proud to endorse Cindy Axne for Congress.”
After receiving the endorsement Cindy said “I’m proud to have received former Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal’s and his wife Connie’s endorsements today. Senator Gronstal served our state for over 30 years, as one of Democrats’ strongest advocates in protecting our environment, our LGBT community, women’s rights, and helping to bring jobs here to Iowa. I look forward to working with Senator Gronstal over these next several months and carrying our District’s priorities to Washington.”
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.