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House District 66 race rematch of close 2008 race

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

In 2008, Democratic incumbent Art Staed lost his Iowa House District 37 seat to Republican challenger Renee Schulte by just 13 votes. Now the two are battling again for the new District 66 seat.

At a forum held by the League of Women Voters Linn County, the two candidates faced audience questions about their viewpoints.

To Schulte, a top priority is making sure Iowa keeps a balanced budget.

"There's a lot of concern about what's happening at the federal level and how it impacts Iowa so that's going to be number one, making sure that we spend money wisely on the priorities that we need," said Schulte.

Staed has knocked on thousands of doors to learn what Iowans want from their government.

"They want someone that'll help create jobs, expand businesses in the state that we already have," said Staed.

Staed believes that the state should look at the money they're spending as investments in their future, believing they need to use money wisely.

"We're talking about investments in small businesses," said Staed.  "We're talking about micro enterprises and access to new capital and then we're talking about some additional funding and reforms in our schools."

Schulte also wants to improve education, and says the state has started but there's still a lot of work to be done.

"Our education funding, we know that's a priority," said Schulte.  "Part of why we made such tough budget decisions last year was so that we had the money set aside this year for education. I mean sometimes you have to cut some good things to get the great things."

Both candidates also want to make sure there's funding for higher education as well, especially community colleges.

House District 66 covers most of northeast Cedar Rapids.

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