House Candidate Launches First Ad in Open Seat Race

Iowa Democrat Staci Appel is airing her first TV ad Wednesday in a highly targeted, open-seat race for House Democrats. Appel is squaring off with Republican David Young, a former staffer for Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley, in one of the most competitive House races. The two are vying for the seat of retiring GOP Rep. Tom Latham. The ad, a positive bio spot provided first to CQ Roll Call, is the first from either major party nominee. It will run district-wide on cable and network TV, though the campaign did not provide the size of the buy. www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pskhoYUWaY "She worked her way up from minimum wage to management at an Iowa department store," the ad's announcer says. "Later, as a financial consultant, she helped families save for college and retirement." The race is rated a Tossup by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.