Christine Hallquist night story in Vermont Tuesday as the first openly transgender candidate for Governor beat the shaft from a large party in the history of the nation, the Democratic Challenger in the state primary school.
Christine Hallquist three other Vermont Democrats in Tuesday’s win, defeated, primarily the first transgender candidates, a major political party, the nomination for Governor.
Hallquist, 62, of The Victory Fund, a political action committee, the borders LGBTQ candidates across the country, but she says she hopes that she will be elected, on your platform, the higher wages for workers in the state, better health care for families and better education for children.
“Vermonters are going to select me on the platform. You are not to choose me due to the fact that I Hallquist transgender — that is the reality,” said, adding: “Obviously, the nationwide, it is important, the first transgender-Governor. It is a pioneering work.”
The victory Fund is calling Hallquist a “game changer.”
“Because she is open and authentic about the fact that you are transgender, that immediately takes away all the questions, all the whispers, and instead, allows people to focus on your personality and what you want to do,” said Elliot Imse, communications director for the victory Fund. “People like what they hear, and that is what is really cool to Christine.”
Hallquist moved to Vermont in 1976. In 1998, well before the transition from male to female, she went to work for the Vermont Electric Co-op, as CEO in 2005. She was open about her 2015 transition and allowed news organizations, the chronicle of change.
She quit her job at the co-op mode could be a candidate this year, so for elected office, said Gov. Phil Scott its ignored the interests of rural Vermonters.
Hallquist defeated environmental activist James Ehlers, dance festival organizers Brenda seal, and the 14-year-old Ethan Sonneborn — who is not on the ticket, because it is a loophole in the law of the state required, the candidate of the voting age.
If she wins in November, she’ll be the country’s first transgender-Governor.
Around 200 LGBT candidates are expected on the November ballot across the country for state and Federal office, according to the victory Fund You belong to Alexandra, Chandler, Massachusetts’ first openly transgender candidate for Congress, and Kim Coco Iwamoto, who would be in Hawaii the first transgender lieutenant Governor, if elected. As Hallquist, both Democrats.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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