As if running a business wasn't hard enough.
The 2018 election featured a record number of women candidates. At least three women who ran for U.S. Congress--Cindy Axne (D) of Iowa, Tedra Cobb (D) of New York, and Candius Stearns (R) of Michigan--also happen to be founders. Inc. chronicled their respective journeys of balancing the two duties in the magazine's October issue.
Unfortunately for two of them, the juggling act came to an end Tuesday night. Cobb, who runs Canton, New York, consulting firm Tedra L. Cobb & Associates, lost to incumbent Elise Stefanik in the state's 21st District. Stearns, meanwhile, who owns two companies--benefits brokerage DFBenefits and third-party benefits administrator DFB TPA Services--lost to Democrat Andy Levin, whose father held the seat for 35 years and announced his retirement earlier this year.
But Axne, co-founder of West Des Moines, Iowa, digital design firm Creation Agents, is headed to the House. Axne won her district, which includes Des Moines and much of southwestern Iowa, by a margin of 5,000 votes, according to the Associated Press. Along with the 1st District's Abby Finkenauer, she was one of two women in the state to beat male incumbents for House seats.
They're the first two women elected to Congress in Iowa's history. They'll be representing the state alongside Steve King, an Iowa Republican whose racist remarks have drawn criticism from both sides of the aisle and led companies like Land O'Lakes and Intel to announce in recent weeks that they would no longer contribute to his campaign.
Inc. reached out to Axne's campaign manager to find out what the victory means for Creation Agents when she heads to Washington but didn't receive a response. Axne co-founded the company with her husband; she previously spent a decade working in several state departments.
As of Wednesday morning, CNN projected that at least 100 women were headed to the House, beating the previous record of 85.