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Iowa Republican ousted in 2018 says he will run to reclaim House seat

Iowa Republican ousted in 2018 says he will run to reclaim House seat
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Former GOP Rep. David YoungDavid Edmund YoungFirst-term Democrat presses for coronavirus relief agreement this year Axne wins reelection in Iowa Democrats lead in 3 of 4 Iowa House races: poll MORE (Iowa) said Monday that he is launching a campaign against the Democrat who unseated him during the 2018 midterm elections.

"I spent a lot of time with folks around the 3rd District, listening to their priorities and listening to their voices, and they are not being heard right now in the U.S. Congress," Young told The Des Moines Register, referencing Rep. Cindy AxneCindy AxneDemocrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus On The Money: Powell says 'concerning' rise in COVID-19 cases could hinder economic recovery | House Democrats withdraw appeal in case over Trump's New York tax returns | Initial jobless claims dip to 751,000 First-term Democrat presses for coronavirus relief agreement this year MORE (D-Iowa). 

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"The policies that Cindy Axne is putting forward with Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases House Democrats urge congressional leaders to support .1B budget for IRS Bipartisan Senate group holding coronavirus relief talks amid stalemate MORE is not what Iowans are talking about or wanting," he added.

Young, who served in Congress between 2014 and 2019, told the newspaper that Axne had a poor voting record and that he was eager to begin campaigning against her.

The former congressman said that the freshman Democrat should be focused on issues such as lower taxes, a stronger economy, reducing government regulations and border security. 

"[Axne] has broken her promises to Iowa voters," Young said on Twitter. "Our representative should be fighting for Iowa, not voting to enrich their campaigns with your tax dollars. This mission is personal to me and so many other Iowans."

Axne, a small-business owner, became one of the first women to represent Iowa in the House of Representatives after narrowly defeating Young in last year's election. She beat the Republican by about 5,000 votes, according to The Des Moines Register. 

Axne ran a campaign that voiced strong opposition to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE and the Republican Party. She slammed Young's vote for the GOP tax cut law and House Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare during her campaign. 

“Iowa voters rejected David Young because he broke his promise to lower heath care costs and protect coverage for Iowans with pre-existing conditions," Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Brooke Goren said in a statement to The Des Moines Register. "Young can run for Congress, but he can’t run away from his Washington record of putting special interests ahead of the needs of hardworking Iowans.”