- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 3, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Mariannette Miller-Meeks, an Ottumwa ophthalmologist who headed the Iowa Department of Public Health, has won the 2nd District Republican primary in her third run for Congress.

The 58-year-old Miller-Meeks beat Muscatine businessman Mark Lofgren and Eddyville window manufacturing worker Matthew Waldren.

Miller-Meeks resigned from her position as director of the public health agency to again try to unseat four-term Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack.

While campaigning, she has stressed her military career and experience in health care. She says both have given her a unique position to understand issues such as the treatment of service men and women at Veterans Affairs hospitals.

She favors cuts to corporate income taxes and a reduction in regulations.

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