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 YoungFormer 'Apprentice' contestant ranks Trump next to Mother Teresa on women's issues Churches are arming and training congregants in response to mass shootings: report Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress 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 AxneDemocratic group launches .5M in ads backing vulnerable Dems on drug prices Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Iowa Democrat tops Ernst in third-quarter fundraising for Senate race MORE (D-Iowa). 


"The policies that Cindy Axne is putting forward with Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Sherrod Brown backs new North American trade deal: 'This will be the first trade agreement I've ever voted for' Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Turf war derails push on surprise medical bills | Bill would tax e-cigarettes to pay for anti-vaping campaign | .5M ad blitz backs vulnerable Dems on drug prices 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 TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed 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.”