District 37 Senate Seat gains national attention

Published: Dec. 21, 2017 at 9:24 PM CST
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The race for one Iowa State Senate seat is gaining some national attention.

That's because an Iowa City native, who went viral on YouTube a few years ago, announced his bid for the seat.

In 2011, Zach Wahls testified about life growing up with gay parents. The video became the most watched political video on YouTube in 2011.

On Thursday, he made a different political statement.

"I'm running for this seat to fight for your families the same way I fought for mine," Wahls said.

His platform includes more funding for education and healthcare. Also protecting public workers.

"Then on workers' rights, where to begin?184,000 employees lost their right to collectively bargain," Wahls said.

"I strongly believe if we want to keep quality teachers and quality education we need bring back collective bargaining rights," Janice Weiner said.

Weiner is the other candidate vying for the District 37 seat. She announced on Monday.

Weiner says her nearly 26 years working in the U.S. State Department prepared her to work in the statehouse. Specifically, she says she had to work with both political parties.

"The other thing I did as a diplomat was deliver hard messages," Weiner said.

Voters in District 37, which covers parts of Johnson, Muscatine and Cedar Counties have a few months to make up their minds.

The primary election is on June 5th.

No Republican candidate has announced a bid for the senate spot.