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Cindy Axne

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DES MOINES (AP) — West Des Moines businesswoman Cindy Axne has won Iowa’s 3rd District Democratic primary and now will face Republican incumbent Rep. David Young in a region of central and southwest Iowa that includes Des Moines.

Axne won the nomination Tuesday over insurance company owner Eddie Mauro and political organizer Pete D’Alessandro.

In her campaign, Axne emphasized her business background, including working as an executive in a large media company and running her own small business with her husband. She also worked in state government.

She has called for equal pay legislation for women, paid family leave and expansion of publicly backed health insurance options.

Axne will offer voters a stark contrast to Young, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley who has a deeply conservative voting record.

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