Vermont’s Christine Hallquist becomes first openly transgender gubernatorial candidate

Lloyd Doyle
August 15, 2018

She faces a Republican incumbent, Phil Scott, who is running for his second term with history on his side - Vermonters have not thrown out an incumbent governor since 1962.

On Tuesday, Christine Hallquist, a Democrat, became the first transgender candidate to be nominated for a governorship by a major party, beating three other candidates in Vermont's Democratic primary, according to The Associated Press. The anti-Trump organization "Woman's March" said that it was a victory for women as well.

The contest comes at a time of uncertainty for transgender rights, which expanded under the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama.

As he did in his two previous campaigns for U.S. Senate, Sanders has indicated he will turn down the nomination so he can run as an independent instead of a Democrat. Hallquist was not the only transgender candidate on the ballot in the United States in recent days. "I chose to transition in a very public way because I felt I owed it to those at Vermont Electric Cooperative who put their trust in me".

"I am not apologetic for who I am", Hallquist said in an interview with Politico.

Hallquist moved to Vermont in 1976.

Before Vermont's election, only four transgender candidates had won primaries in 2018, all at the statehouse level, and have a general election ahead.

Wisconsin uses an open primary system, meaning voters do not need to register with a political party to vote in that party's primary elections. It was the first state to allow civil unions for same-sex couples in 2000 and in 2009 became the first state to legalize gay marriage through the state legislature.

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