A fighter for Iowa’s working families
Cindy Axne is a small business owner, mother and community activist who ran for Congress to fight for Iowa working families. A fifth-generation Iowan, Cindy grew up on the south side of Des Moines and worked for the state government across a variety of departments for nearly a decade, helping hold over twenty different state agencies accountable to taxpayers. A champion for equality, Cindy successfully fought for full-day kindergarten to be available to all children in West Des Moines public schools, not just those who won a lottery. In addition to co-running a digital design and consulting firm with her husband, Cindy currently serves as a mentor with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa, her alma mater. She lives in West Des Moines with her husband and two teenage sons, and is an active member of her church.
A champion for health care and expanding economic opportunity
Cindy ran to expand economic opportunity and create good-paying jobs for Iowa working families. As a small business owner, she has what it takes to fight for commonsense policies that grow our economy and give all Iowans the chance to thrive in their communities. She is dedicated to protecting and expanding all Iowans’ access to high-quality, affordable health care. Cindy knows what it’s like to have health insurance be too expensive for families. When she was starting her small business, she has said that health insurance that included maternity coverage “was completely unaffordable; we couldn’t afford it, so I didn’t have maternity coverage. [...] To afford our medical bills, we sold personal items on eBay because we didn’t want to go into debt or go bankrupt just because we had our son.” Cindy was also one of thousands of Iowans whose health insurance plan was canceled last year amidst Republicans’ attempts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. When elected to Congress, Cindy will fight in Congress to defend hardworking Iowans’ economic security and the rights of the most vulnerable among us.
A victory that turned a red seat blue
Cindy challenged incumbent Republican Congressman David Young. Iowa had never before elected a Democratic woman to Congress until Cindy became the first with her historic victory. The EMILY’s List community is proud to support this champion for Iowa working families who works tirelessly to move the Hawkeye State forward.