Small business owner and educator Art Staed announced today that he is running for the Iowa House of Representatives from House District 66, which encompasses northeast Cedar Rapids.  Staed, a Democrat, is a former State Representative who previously represented much of the same area of Cedar Rapids.

Staed is both an educator and small business owner, and  has two Masters Degrees, currently teaches secondary education for Cedar Rapids Schools at the Four Oaks Phase program and is active in the Cedar Rapids Education Association.  He and his wife Susan also own and operate Coffee Talk Café near Kirkwood College.  They have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

While previously in the Iowa House, Staed served as Vice Chairman of both the Education Committee and the Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee.  He also served on the Economic Growth, Labor, and Veterans Affairs committees.