State Representative Ashley Hinson of Marion easily won the GOP Primary in Iowa’s second congressional district. She defeated fellow Republican Thomas Hansen with 78 percent of the vote.
“It’s been a trying several months for all of us as we’ve been making our way through the COVID-19 pandemic and the chaos and dysfunction in Washington, D.C. hasn’t helped,” Hinson said in an online news conference Tuesday evening, “and and I think and voters are very clearly asking for change.”
Hinson said one of the lessons from the pandemic is that the U.S. needs to protect its own.
“China is a bad actor, as we’ve seen. There’s been some challenges there in dealing with this pandemic, not to mention the trade challenges we face with China,” Hinson said, “so I look forward to making sure we’re focusing on America First policies and, most importantly, Iowa First policies.”
Hinson, a former television anchor and reporter, has been a member of the Iowa House since 2017. She’s challenging incumbent Abby Finkenauer of Dubuque, a Democrat who’s serving her first-term in the U.S. House. In a written statement, Finkenauer praised Iowans for record voter turnout under very difficult circumstances and she pledged to work to ensure Iowa is a place where everyone can earn a good living and live a good life.
In Iowa’s third congressional district, there’s a rematch. First-term congresswoman Cindy Axne of West Des Moines, a Democrat, will face former Republican Congressman David Young of Van Meter this fall.