First Transgender Nominee from a Major Party to Run for U.S. Senate Credits Bernie Sanders for Inspiration

Salt Lake City resident Misty K. Snow, claimed the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate late Tuesday, and is, coincidentally, one of two transgender candidates named Misty to win primaries nationally; The other is Colorado Springs' Misty Plowright. Though they have already won impressive victories, both face major uphill battles with Republican incuments in the fall. While running on progressive platforms, both Mistys are fairly new to politics; Snow, a grocery store cashier, and Plowright, an IT executive. 

Calling for a $15 per hour minimum wage, paid family leave, legalized marijuana, criminal-justice reform and free or reduced tuition for higher education, Snow was greatly inspired by the Bernie Sanders campaign.

"She said her goal is to boost working-class people such as herself. She's employed as a cashier at a Harmons grocery and hasn't gone to college, partly due to the cost and partly because she wasn't sure what career path she would like to take. Now she's seeking to become a federal lawmaker," the Salt Lake Tribune reported

As presidential candidate Sanders is also using his platform to encourage progressive change at every level of government, and the Senate races saw a big shake up due to supporters, even those with no prior polical experience, following through. 

"Snow jumped in the race shortly before the filing deadline because she wanted to offer an alternative to [Jonathan] Swinton, [a marriage therapist, Mormon and her opponent in the Senate Race], who described himself as a conservative Democrat who sought to govern as a centrist," reported the Salt Lake Tribune. 

But Utah Democrats weren't  buying it. Snow won 59.4% of the vote. 

"A lot of people have told me whether I win or lose, I'm already making a difference just by running," Snow said. 

Unfortunately, transgenger indiviuals are increasingly susceptible to attacks, and Snow strives to use her influence to implement hate crime legislation.

"I think we need to not forget that [Orlando] was an attack on the LGBT community, on the Hispanic community and we need to be careful of conservative politicians who are trying to whitewash it; trying to erase that connection," Snow noted in the Washington County, Utah debate on June 14, two days after the massacre.


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