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MEET CINDY AXNE: Democratic Candidate for US Representative (Congressional District 3)

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Cindy Axne is a small business owner, parent and community activist.  A fifth-generation Iowan, Cindy grew up in a tight-knit family on the south side of Des Moines. Her childhood included weekends and summers spent on her maternal grandparents’ farm in Warren County, 4-H activities, and playing 6-on-6 basketball for the Valley High Tigers. 

Following her graduation from the University of Iowa, Axne worked in strategic planning and leadership development for the Tribune Company in Chicago and earned an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. She and her husband John later moved to Wisconsin, where they started their small business. When their sons were 3 and 1, they moved back to Iowa to raise their family.

From 2005 to 2014, Axne worked for the State of Iowa, helping over twenty different state agencies deliver government services more effectively and efficiently for taxpayers. Since then, she has focused on growing the digital design firm she runs with her husband John.  Axne is active in her church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and serves as a mentor with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa. She lives in West Des Moines with John and their teenage sons, Gunnar and Rafe.  

You can see a map of Congressional District 3 here.  For more information or to get involved in the Axne campaign, go to, call 515-518-0384, or email


One in seven Iowans has a disability, many of whom rely on support services funded through the state’s Medicaid program.  What actions will you take in Congress to make sure Iowans have access to the supports and services they need to live, learn, and work in their communities?  

Every American should have access to high quality, affordable healthcare.  In Congress, I will fight for a real public option and will work to protect the Affordable Care Act. I will also fight to prevent the return of lifetime limits in insurance plans, and will make sure that people cannot be discriminated against for having a pre-existing condition.  

Recently, our state government privatized Medicaid, which has created an unnecessary burden on the folks who depend on Medicaid for their healthcare and support services.  In Congress, I will fight against all efforts to privatize Medicaid at the federal level, and ensure that all Iowans have the access to the support services and care that they need to thrive in their communities.