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US 20-year-old college student gets elected to office, makes state history in Iowa

08:20  05 december  2019
08:20  05 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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– A 20 - year - old chemical engineering student at Iowa State University has been elected to the Ames City Council, making her the youngest woman elected to any office in Iowa history . Rachel Junck received 712 votes to Chris Nelson’s 587 votes in Tuesday’s runoff election for the seat.

20 - year - old college student will be state 's youngest female officeholder if she wins runoff against Ames councilman. If Rachel Junck wins the Ames council runoff against incumbent Chris Nelson, she would become the youngest woman elected to any office in Iowa history .

AMES, Ia. – A 20-year-old chemical engineering student at Iowa State University has been elected to the Ames City Council, making her the youngest woman elected to any office in Iowa history.

Rachel Junck received 712 votes to Chris Nelson’s 587 votes in Tuesday’s runoff election for the seat. Nelson, who is vice president of the Nelson Electric Company, was seeking his third term.

On Wednesday, Junck said the victory is especially satisfying given the amount of campaigning she and her supporters did in the last month – knocking doors after class, informing students of their voting rights – after falling just seven votes short of a win in November.

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In Ames history was made Tuesday night. Twenty - year - old Rachel Junck won a city council seat. She beat out Chris Nelson, who was seeking his third term. Junck is a chemical engineering student at Iowa State .

a woman standing in front of water: Rachel Junck, a 20-year-old Iowa State University student, is challenging the 4th Ward incumbent on Ames City Council in a runoff election on Dec. 3. If elected, she will be the youngest woman elected to office in Iowa history.© William Crow/Special to the Register Rachel Junck, a 20-year-old Iowa State University student, is challenging the 4th Ward incumbent on Ames City Council in a runoff election on Dec. 3. If elected, she will be the youngest woman elected to office in Iowa history.

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"This (campaign) has been about representing everyone in Ames," she said. "Together we made history."

Just minutes before the polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Junck said she saw a small group of people who hadn't yet voted and drove them the polls, causing her to be late to her own watch party at Jeff's Pizza Shop.

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"This last 48 hours has been a whirlwind," she said. "The first thing I said when we saw the results was, 'We did it!'

"I was just really excited to hear the results ... and being the leader going into the runoff and having put in such hard work, I was pretty confident we'd be able to pull it off," she said.

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As the newest member of the Ames City Council, she said she wants her first steps to include taking local action to address climate change by setting aside money in next year's budget for a number of sustainability efforts.

But first, she said she's focused on finishing out the semester.

Asked in an earlier interview if she was excited she might make Iowa history, she said it would be an honor.

"But being able to represent a whole different generation of people on the council would be, I think, a bigger honor," she told the Register.

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