The Country Just Got Much Closer to Having Its First Transgender Governor

The Country Just Got Much Closer to Having Its First Transgender Governor

Christine Hallquist won the Vermont Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination Tuesday night, giving her a shot at becoming the country's first transgender governor.

Even with her nomination, though, Hallquist has made history. No other major political party has ever before nominated a transgender person in a governor's race.

Sitting Republican Gov. Phil Scott is expected to win his primary race as well.

Hallquist faced off against four other Democratic candidates to secure the nomination. A former energy CEO, Hallquist already broke ground by publicly transitioning to living openly as a transgender woman while holding a prominent position in the business world.

She is running for office on a platform of progressive causes that appear to be gaining steam, including Medicare-for-All, a $15 minimum wage, and criminal justice reform. She also has pledged to support renewable energy in office.

"Make no mistake, the path to victory is clear," Hallquist said in a statement Tuesday night. "Vermonters support increasing the minimum wage. They believe that healthcare is a human right. They believe in public schools. Vermonters believe in being on the right side of history."

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