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ISU Student Becomes Second-Youngest Woman Elected To Iowa Government Office At Age 20

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Ebere Agwuncha
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Rachel For Ames
Rachel Junck is the second Iowa State University student to serve on the Ames City Council.

In a run-off election for an Ames City Council seat Tuesday, 20-year-old Iowa State University student Rachel Junck not only defeated incumbent Chris Nelson, but also made history.

Junck is the second-youngest woman ever elected to a government office in Iowa.

The campaign had previously said Junck was the youngest woman elected to public office in the state, but on Thursday, campaign manager Taylor Blair told IPR they'd learned Victoria Lee was actually the youngest woman elected to government office in the state, when she won a spot on the Missouri Valley City Council.  She was 18 when she was elected in November, 2005.

The Missouri Valley clerk's office confirmed this, said said Lee served on the city council from 2006-2010.

In Cedar Falls, two newcomers were also elected. Run-off voters chose Dave Sires and Simon Harding for city council seats.

This story was updated on Dec 5 at noon. The previous version stated that Junck was the youngest woman elected to public office in the state.