Cindy Axne (D-IA-03)

Cindy Axne is running in the 2018 election to represent Iowa’s 3rd district in the House of Representatives. She is a small business owner and community advocate. On June 5, she won the Democratic primary by 31.6 points. She will challenge Republican incumbent David Young in the general election on November 6.

Background and Achievements

Cindy Axne grew up outside Des Moines and currently lives in West Des Moines with her husband and children. She received her BA from the University of Iowa and her MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. She worked at the Tribune Company in Chicago doing strategic planning and leadership work before beginning her own small digital design firm with her husband in Wisconsin. She and her family moved back to Iowa when her two children were very young to her hometown of Des Moines, where she began her work for Iowa as a director of Training, Leadership Development, and Strategic Planning. She worked in Iowa’s energy and environment industry, coordinating with state agencies to deliver government services to Iowans. When her children entered the public school system, she worked hard advocating for full-day kindergarten in West Des Moines public schools.

Positions on Key Issues

  • Supports Planned Parenthood and abortion rights
  • Advocates for equal pay for women
  • Believes in protecting unions
  • Supports a National Paid Family Leave Act
  • Advocates for affordable healthcare for all
  • Supports investing in public education and community college
  • Fights for increased renewable energy usage

Prospects & Opponents

Cindy Axne won her Democratic primary on June 5 against Eddie Mauro and Pete D’Alessandro. She will challenge Republican incumbent David Young in the general election on November 6. Young won his 2014 election by 10.6 points and his 2016 election by 13.7 points, but Donald Trump won by 3.5 points in the district. The Cook Political Report rates the election as leaning Republican, but the Cook Partisan Voter index is only R+1, or very narrowly Republican.


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