Star of viral video supporting same sex marriage announces Senate run

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In 2011, a speech by a 19-year-old man defending same-sex marriage went viral and became YouTube’s most-watched political video that year.

The man in the video, Zach Wahls, has now announced his bid for the Iowa State Senate via Twitter.

The 26-year-old Democrat became known for his 2011 speech–before the Iowa House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee–about growing up with two moms.

Since then, Wahls has built up his political experience and is currently hoping to fill the Iowa Senate seat for the 37th District, which will be vacated by Democrat Bob Dvorsky, who is not running for re-election.

In the announcement, Wahls outlined a platform that focuses on the affordability of higher education, Medicaid expansion and addressing mental health care:

“I am incredibly conscientious of the fact that I am a straight white guy running in the Me Too moment. I am running because I believe all Iowans need a seat at the table. That absolutely means more women running, it means more young people, it means more people of color. This is an all hands on deck situation that is going to determine the future of our state for generations to come — and all hands means all hands.”

“I want to be a voice for you,” Wahls’ campaign site reads. “I’m an advocate. I know what it’s like to not feel represented by your government. I fought for my family and I want to fight for yours. I’ve always spoken truth to power.”

Wahls’ campaign has raised more than $30,000 since it was launched last week.

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