Our Midwestern values instill in us what family and community is all about. Growing up with lesbian parents during the 1990s and early 2000s, I learned at an early age what it feels like to be left out or left behind. And after knocking on thousands of doors, I know many people in our state feel that way right now. Today, too many Iowans feel their government isn’t on the side of their family or their community. Where Iowa used to lead, instead we’re falling behind.
It’s no secret health care, education and workers’ rights are being eroded in our state. Our social foundation is being taken apart brick by brick. Our community needs a champion who will stand up for our values at this all-hands-on-deck moment for the future of our state — and that’s why I’m running to succeed Sen. Bob Dvorsky.
From my testimony before the Iowa House in defense of marriage equality to co-founding and leading Scouts for Equality, the national campaign that helped successfully end decades of discrimination in the Boy Scouts of America, I have a proven track record of doing the work and bringing people together. I don’t back down from tough fights. I’m willing to speak truth to power.
We’re in a hard time right now, and I believe we’ll work through it. That’s what family and community are all about: working through the hard times so we can enjoy the good ones. I know we can fix our health care system, fund our K12 schools and reverse cuts to our higher education, restore collective bargaining rights for working families, raise wages, clean up our water, and enact common sense gun safety reforms.
I need your help. Because this election is going to define the future of Iowa for generations to come. We all know the 2016 election was a huge shock for our state and our country. But we are the ones who will determine if 2016, and what has happened since, was a shocking aberration or if this is our new normal. It’s up to us.
I’m asking for your vote on or before Nov. 6 for Iowa Senate District 37 — and to encourage you to get involved before then. Please visit www.zachwahlsforiowa.com for more information on how to join the campaign for Iowa’s future.
• Zach Wahls is the Democratic candidate for Iowa Senate District 37.
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