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Meet the Candidates: Mariannette Miller-Meeks

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Mariannette Miller-Meeks is a doctor, veteran, and former director of the Iowa Public Health Department.  Now, she's hoping to serve Iowans in a new way.

"I'm running for Congress because Washington D.C's a dysfunctional mess," said Miller-Meeks, Republican candidate for Iowa's Second Congressional District. "We've seen extraordinary incompetence, inefficiency, and outright lies by this administration and by our elected officials."

Miller-Meeks has run against incumbent Dave Loebsack twice before and lost -- though she was not a candidate two years ago.

One reason she's running now is to make changes to the Affordable Care Act, like making "full-time" mean a 40-hour work week.

"(Changing the) 30-hour work week is one of those things there's bipartisan support for doing," said Miller-Meeks. "Repealing, or getting rid of the medical device tax, there's bipartisan support for doing that."

When it comes to healthcare, you've probably seen her attack her opponent in ads.

"I think there's a variety of things you have to do and one of the things I think is necessary is to show someone's voting record," said Miller-Meeks.

This time around, Miller-Meeks is seeing a lot of national support. Just this week, the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee announced it's spending more than $900,000 to try to help her win.

"We're delighted to have the support that we're having, and again I think it reflects that we have a message that resonates with people, that we're doing well, and that this is a very competitive, tight race," said Miller-Meeks.

She's hoping that with that support, the third time's the charm.

To see KWWL's story with incumbent Dave Loebsack, click here
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