JOHNSTON, Iowa – State Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Ottumwa, emerged as the decisive victor in tonight’s Iowa Public Broadcasting debate, which was the first between general election contenders in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.

“Senator Miller-Meeks is the clear winner based on her unmatched depth of professional experience on the issues that matter most to voters,” campaign manager Austin Harris said.  “She very clearly demonstrated that she is the only candidate with the ability to competently legislate health care on behalf of Iowans and bring back an economy that was extraordinarily robust thanks to policies put in place by President Trump and Republicans in Washington, D.C.  Mariannette Miller-Meeks was the only candidate tonight to offer real solutions to problems that Iowans face.”

The hour-long debate moderated by “Iowa Press” host David Yepsen covered a wide variety of topics from COVID-19, the resulting economic shutdown and its impact on southeast Iowa to the scope of policy differences between the two candidates on the Nov. 3 ballot in the district covering 24 counties in eastern and south central Iowa.

Miller-Meeks thanked IPBS, Yepsen and the program’s other journalists for “giving us the opportunity to present our policy platform to Iowa voters.”

“I feel confident that voters across the 2nd District respect, appreciate and support my message and see that my campaign favors the pre-pandemic economic growth policies and other approaches we need to create more jobs and income,” Miller-Meeks said. “We are offering real solutions to combat COVID-19 and future pandemics, increase employment opportunities, and safely reopen the U.S. economy.”

Miller-Meeks is an ophthalmologist and a 24-year U.S. Army veteran representing Senate District 41 in the Iowa Senate, which includes Davis, Jefferson, Van Buren, and Wapello counties. She is seeking the seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, a seven-term Democratic congressman. After 14 years of Democrat control, Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District is now rated as a “toss-up,” according to national political forecasters. Of the 31 congressional districts won by Trump and held by Democrats, Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District is the only open seat.

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