Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 31, 2011 7:20 AM

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Gross can lead a community

I first met Coralville City Council candidate Mitch Gross when I as a junior at West High when I had to interview him for an article for our newspaper. I was immediately struck by his willingness to make time for a quick, unplanned interview, the earnestness with which he answered my questions, and by the depth of his follow through when I had questions later.

The next year, he was my advanced-placement U.S. history teacher, and in that class, he instructed my peers and me in our country's past, taught us about the lessons to be gleaned from our 200-plus years of shared history. It was clear from the onset that these lessons were more than just part of the curriculum — they were a defining part of who he was, as both a teacher and a city councilor.

More recently, when a YouTube video briefly propelled my two mothers and me into the national spotlight, he was there again, offering his insight, assistance, and guidance as we navigated an unfamiliar stage.

Though I cannot vote for Mitch Gross — I am an Iowa City citizen — if I could, I would in a heartbeat. As a man, he exemplifies the character needed to lead a community. And as I learned while working as a journalist for The Daily Iowan, his accomplishments as a policymaker have not only carefully steered the city of Coralville through the calamity of a 500-year flood but also continued to advance an agenda of good governance and clarity.

His record of recovery and progress speaks for itself, but nevertheless, I strongly encourage my friends and neighbors in Coralville to re-elect Mitch Gross to the Coralville City Council.

Zach Wahls
Former DI columnist

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