Cedar Rapids Democrat Mark Seidl announced today that he is running for the Iowa House of Representatives from House District 67.

“I am disappointed in the leadership Kraig Paulsen provided during the last session of the Legislature,” said Seidl.  “After promising to focus on creating jobs and improving the Iowa economy, Paulsen led House Republicans in pursuit of extreme policies that neither represent the view of most Iowans nor help to move our state forward.”

“I am running because we have to put an end to the ideology and bickering that have made it impossible for government to get its job done.  While our schools, which used to be the best in the nation, are suffering funding cuts and our universities are increasingly out of financial reach for the children of working Iowans, our State is sitting on a billion dollars in surplus funds.  This money should be invested in our children, who are our future.  The men most responsible for the government’s failure to make that investment are Terry Branstad and Kraig Paulsen.  To make this a government of, by, and for the people again, we need to start by replacing the Speaker of the House, who is responsible for this failure to invest in our children, and that’s Kraig Paulsen.”

“I believe that we need to end partisan wrangling and work together on those issues most important to Iowans– a good job for parents, a good education for children, and a good quality of life for families.”

Mark Seidl grew up in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Regis High School.  He attended Creighton University where he received his Bachelor Degree and then his Law Degree.  After working briefly in Wisconsin, Mark returned home and married his wife, Anne.  Anne is also a lifelong Linn County resident.  They made their first home in Hiawatha, later moved to Marion, and finally Cedar Rapids.  They have two children – Amelia, and Daniel.  Amelia is 19 and will attend the University of Iowa this fall.  Daniel is 16 and attends Linn-Mar High School.

Mark has been active as a soccer coach, an Adventure Guides leader, and has done volunteer work for the Linn-Mar Boosters and Orchestra Department.  He has served on the boards of the Alzheimer’s Association for East Central Iowa and Green Square Meals.  He has also been a youth minister at St. Pius X Parish.

Mark has practiced law for the past 14 years with his brother Phillip, and sister Mary Chicchelly, in the firm of Seidl & Chicchelly.  Their father Jerry Seidl is of counsel in the firm.  Mark is a member of the Iowa Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Iowa Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, and has been admitted to several Federal district courts and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He was a candidate in former House District 37 in 2010.