Female candidates in Iowa races could make history

It’s a chance for Iowa women to make history. Three are now running to be the first female to be elected to a federal office from Iowa, two of them would represent the Quad Cities.

Republican candidate for Senate Joni Ernst will face Congressman Bruce Braley, Republican Congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks will take on Congressman Dave Loebsack for the 2nd district seat, and Staci Appel, Democrat running for the 3rd district will have to wait for the G-O-P convention to see who she is running against.

“We have a historic opportunity in Iowa this year and you in this district have an opportunity to elect a Republican woman to the Senate and a Republican woman to the Congress. This is the year,” said Governor Terry Branstad at an event at the Scott County Republican Headquarters on June 4, 2014.

“I think it would be terrific for the Republicans to put the first woman in Congress, but it’s really not about me, it’s about what can we do for Iowans?” said Miller-Meeks.

“Well, I think that’s really exciting, but I really think it just comes down to being the right candidate at the right time,” said Ernst.

Iowa has also never elected a female governor.

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