The midterm primary races are winding down across the country and, in a couple months, the 2018 midterm general elections will be upon us. This year’s elections are already promising to be historic for women. There are more female nominees than ever before, and we have the potential to elect the country’s first black female governor. Now, history has been made again this primary season. On August 14th, Democrat Christine Hallquist became the first openly transgender major-party nominee for a governorship.
According to NPR, Hallquist won the Democratic primary for governor in Vermont after defeating three opponents. She will now face incumbent Governor Phil Scott, a Republican, in the November elections. A July Morning Consult poll found that Scott had an approval rating of 47%.
Burlington Free Press notes that before her foray into politics, Hallquist was the CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative for 13 years. Her background led her to become a fierce advocate for sustainable energy. Further, she’s proposed a plan to bring high-speed internet connection to every home in Vermont via fiber-optic cables. And according to her campaign website, Hallquist also supports raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour and introducing universal health care to the state.
Burlington Free Press reported that Hallquist addressed her victory at a restaurant in Burlington, speaking to a crowd of supporters about the upcoming general election.
Hallquist came out as transgender in 2015, according to her website, making her the first business leader to do so while in office. But there’s much more to her than her gender. Annise Parker, CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, told The New York Times that Hallquist’s victory was a “defining moment in the movement for trans equality,” but noted that her platform was the biggest key to her success.
Hallquist’s primary win is an exciting step forward for the trans community. We can’t wait to see how the rest of her campaign goes.