Vermont nominates first transgender candidate for governor

Vermont Votes for the First-ever Openly Transgender Nominee for Governor

Scott defeated a challenge from Springfield businessman Keith Stern on Tuesday.

Describing her push for education reform, a living wage, and Medicare for All, Hallquist said, "this is called being a civil society". If she wins, she'll be the nation's first transgender governor.

Following the AP projection, the Republican Governors Association (RGA) released a statement on Hallquist's victory: "Vermont Democrats have selected a candidate committed to increasing the tax burden on working families", RGA Spokesman John Burke said, referring to Hallquist's plan to increase some property taxes.

Christine Hallquist made history as the first transgender candidate for a state's governorship after winning the Democratic primary in Vermont on Tuesday.

She's one of a handful of transgender politicians running for office since President Donald Trump's election.


'Look to Vermont, ' she said. We can be a beacon for the rest of the world'. 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.

Scott, first elected in 2016, faced a rebellion from his base due to his support for a series of gun restrictions that, while mild by national standards, angered many members of Vermont's avid hunting community.

Wisconsin state schools chief Tony Evers has won the Democratic primary for governor and will face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November.

Hallquist defeated environmental activist James Ehlers, dance festival organizer Brenda Siegel, and 14-year-old Ethan Sonneborn - who got on the ticket because a loophole in the state law doesn't require candidates to be of voting age.

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