Matthew Biede
Matthew Biede

A Sac County Sheriff’s Office deputy has formally filed as a Republican candidate for the Iowa Senate District 6 seat.

Matthew Biede, 31, a Schaller resident and Storm Lake native, says he’s familiar with the district and well-suited to represent it in Des Moines.

He said voters can count on him to be an independent thinker.

“I’m Republican, but I’m running more on common sense,” Biede said.

At the end of the day, Biede said, he is solidly middle-class and brings an everyday perspective to the race.

Biede has been a Sac County deputy for five years and operated the K-9 unit for two years. He plans to campaign on his days off from the sheriff’s office, and will, in accordance with Iowa Code, resign from the law-enforcement post to assume duties as a state senator if elected in November.

Biede, a Catholic, graduated from Storm Lake St. Mary’s High School in 1999 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at Buena Vista University where he focused on marketing and economics.

“Being from Storm Lake I’m hoping my name can carry that quite a bit,” Biede said.

Biede’s father, Hank Biede, works for GE Wind in Storm Lake. His mother, Mary, passed away after a battle with cancer in 2006.

Biede and his wife, Jessica, have two children: Caden, 7; and Alyssa, 3. Jessica is a first-grade teacher at St. Mary’s in Storm Lake.

On the issues Biede said two of his two main concerns are education and jobs.

He also described himself as politically pro-life on abortion. Biede said abortion should not be legal in Iowa.

“Right now, I do not believe they (women) should have the choice,” Biede said.

Biede is one of three Republican candidates in the race. Crawford County Supervisor Mark Segebart and Carroll Mayor Adam Schweers are seeking the seat. Carroll County State Bank official Mary Bruner is the lone Democrat in the race.