My name is Mitch Gross, and as a teacher of government and American history at Iowa City West High School, I still remember Zach as a student, before he gave his now-famous speech to the Iowa legislature about his two moms. He was thoughtful, listened carefully in class, supported his classmates, and worked hard. A few years after he graduated, I watched the video of his short speech to the Iowa legislature about growing up with lesbian parents here in Iowa. In the aftermath of his speech, I helped support him as he navigated the incredible amount of attention he gained and responsibility he shouldered after the video went viral.

I watched, and assisted where necessary, as he took up the cause of marriage equality here in Iowa, and LGBT rights across the country. He's an Eagle Scout, and he co-founded Scouts for Equality, an organization of former Scouts that led the fight to end discrimination against LGBT people in the Boy Scouts of America.

But along the way, he never forgot where he came from. He was always willing to meet with students and young people in our area to remind them about the importance of treating all people with respect, including at our high school and at the University of Iowa.

Today, my wife Melanie and I are proud to serve as co-chairs of his campaign for the Iowa Senate. Zach has huge shoes to fill — retiring Iowa State Senator Bob Dvorsky has been a tireless champion for our community. I know Zach is up to the challenge. 

Healthcare, education, and workers' rights are under attack here in Iowa, and we need somebody like Zach who can stand up and speak truth to power. Even though it feels like it was just yesterday that he was a student in my U.S. History class, he already has a strong track record of leadership and doing the right thing. My wife and I are co-chairing his campaign because we know he'll bring people together to fight for the values we all share, and I hope you'll join us in supporting him. Every pledge you make now means more doors we can knock, letters we can send, and calls we can make. 

Thank you for your support!


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    “Zach will bring a vital energy and passion to the Iowa Senate. He will also represent ALL members of our community. As an educator I greatly appreciate his attention to issues concerning folks with disabilities.”

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    “I saw him when he spoke about being raised by two mothers! I was tremendously impressed and would love to see him in the political arena!”

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    “Go Green Zach... don’t help build a capitalist pro war party that is responsible for the most Deportations and Bombs dropped in a single Presidency. #GreenPartyUS”

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    “We need more honest, caring & uncorrupted people in office. Go Zach!!?”

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    “I support Zach Wahs for Democratic candidate for Iowa's 37th State Senate District in 2018. His 3 minute video is compelling, addressing the issues he faced growing up with two Moms. It is important that others support Zach and other LGBT candidates running for elected office to achieve true gender equality and stop discrimination.”

  • endorsed

    “I'm glad to see this smart, action-oriented, ambitious man running for Iowa Senate. Go Zach!”

  • endorsed

    “Zach has been an inspiration to me since I first saw that video. America needs more candidates like Zach.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Zach because he is the future of this country! He has shown that he is smart and cares about others, something that is sorely missing in today's current political arena. He has a very bright future ahead of him and so will Iowa if they elect him to the State Senate!”

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    “Zach is as genuine as they come. We need more folks like him shaping policy in Iowa and in this country.”

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    “Daughter of a gay man- also fighting the ‘good fight’”

January 8, 2018

Thank you.

Hi everybody-

This is Mitch Gross, creator of Zach Wahls' Crowd PAC page, Mayor Pro-Tem of Coralville, and co-chair of his campaign, along with my wife Melanie. I wanted to reach out with this update to say "Thank you." Our team has been totally overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for Zach's campaign. In December, we set what we thought was an ambitious goal of raising $10,000 in the ten days following Zach's announcement. 

Because of your generosity, we blew that number out of the water. 

Since the launch of Zach's campaign on December 21, we've raised well over $40,000 from over 1,000 contributors on Crowd PAC with an average contribution of $40.55. Because of your support and your generosity, our campaign will have the resources we need to win this primary election and to hold on to this seat for Iowa Democrats in the general election. Zach deeply appreciates the support he is receiving. Every contribution made by people like you means he spends less time on the phone raising money and instead spends more time knocking on doors, holding listening post events, and hearing about the concerns and priorities of people in this district. 

I've known Zach since he was a bright-eyed high school student, and it is an honor to serve as co-chair of his campaign. He's a lot taller now, but he's still the same guy in so many ways: curious about the world, committed to service, a hard worker, and standing up for those who have been left out. We are all committed to winning this election and making him Iowa's next state senator, and we are going to win this campaign with the support and backing of people like you. 

Thank you all so, so much. 

Mitch Gross

December 7, 2017

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  • endorsed

    “Zach will bring a vital energy and passion to the Iowa Senate. He will also represent ALL members of our community. As an educator I greatly appreciate his attention to issues concerning folks with disabilities.”

  • endorsed

    “I saw him when he spoke about being raised by two mothers! I was tremendously impressed and would love to see him in the political arena!”

  • endorsed

    “Go Green Zach... don’t help build a capitalist pro war party that is responsible for the most Deportations and Bombs dropped in a single Presidency. #GreenPartyUS”

  • endorsed

    “We need more honest, caring & uncorrupted people in office. Go Zach!!?”

  • endorsed

    “I support Zach Wahs for Democratic candidate for Iowa's 37th State Senate District in 2018. His 3 minute video is compelling, addressing the issues he faced growing up with two Moms. It is important that others support Zach and other LGBT candidates running for elected office to achieve true gender equality and stop discrimination.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I'm glad to see this smart, action-oriented, ambitious man running for Iowa Senate. Go Zach!”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “Zach has been an inspiration to me since I first saw that video. America needs more candidates like Zach.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Zach because he is the future of this country! He has shown that he is smart and cares about others, something that is sorely missing in today's current political arena. He has a very bright future ahead of him and so will Iowa if they elect him to the State Senate!”

  • endorsed

    “Zach is as genuine as they come. We need more folks like him shaping policy in Iowa and in this country.”

  • endorsed

    “Daughter of a gay man- also fighting the ‘good fight’”

  • endorsed

    “I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Whals. After hearing him speak it was obvious the public would be much better off being represented by this man. Zach, you may recall my husband introducing you to Zach and his two moms in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Thank you for agreeing to be of service.”

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    “He's the kind of man I would want in my life.”