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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 AxneOn The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to 498K, hitting new post-lockdown low | House to advance appropriations bills in June, July Rural Democrats urge protections from tax increases for family farms Business groups target moderate Democrats on Biden tax plans MORE (D-Iowa). 

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"The policies that Cindy Axne is putting forward with Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Gaetz, Greene tout push to oust Cheney: 'Maybe we're the leaders' Free Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech 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 TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing 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.”