Lifelong Des Moines resident and former U.S. Marine Michael Young is the Republican nominee for the House District 33 special election. Young was chosen during a nominating convention Wednesday night by Polk County GOP central committee members who live in the district. The House District 33 seat opened up when then-House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy resigned to take a high-paying position in the Iowa attorney general’s office.
“I’m going to run a great, low key campaign, doing a lot of walking and meeting people and do my very best to turn that into a Republican seat,” Young said.
There were believed to be three candidates who were interested in running for the seat, but in the end, Michael Young was the only one nominated. Five delegates were in attendance to participate in the process. Frank Veach nominated Young, Bonita Davis seconded and he was approved via voice acclamation.
Michael Young, 42, grew up on the southside of Des Moines, graduating from Lincoln High School. Other than a four-year stint in the Marines, which included a tour of duty in Somalia, Young has spent his entire life in Des Moines. He graduated from William Penn University and has worked for 16 years at Markey’s, a prominent audiovisual and staging company.
Young also serves on the City of Des Moines Access Advisory Board. They work to implement and establish handicap access to all city buildings and jobs.
“It deals with ADA issues. Veterans’ issues are something we need to talk about, and accessibility issues,” Young said. “My brother’s been handicapped his entire life. I’m a disabled veteran, so disability issues are huge for me. Iowa lags behind in those areas and I intend to focus on those areas and see how we can improve those further.”
House Rep. Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights) attended the convention to lend moral support to the nominee. Hagenow is confident that Young will make a good candidate for the open seat.
“He seems really energetic, ready to go and he seems intent to run a solid campaign. @e’re excited to have him,” Hagenow said. “I’m going to be here and helping him out. We don’t know what kind of resources we’ll put into it. We’ll see how it plays out, but absolutely we’re excited to have Michael running and we’ll be there for him.”
House District 33 greatly favors the Democrats. They hold an 8135-3321 voter registration advantage. However, Michael Young believes his familiarity with southsiders will give his campaign a boost.
“I have a long family history with the south side of Des Moines,” Young said. “Growing up there. I have a lot of contacts with different communities, having lived there my entire life, my kids growing up there. I know the community. I know it very, very well.”
Brian Meyer, who worked for Rep. McCarthy at the state house, earned the Democrat nomination for HD 33. The special election takes place October 22.
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