Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Hallquist is first transgender candidate to win a governor nomination

Hallquist is first transgender candidate to win a governor nomination

Scott was badly bruised in the Republican primary by a little-known grocer from Springfield, Keith Stern.

Former utility CEO Christine Hallquist won the Democratic party in the race for Vermont governor Tuesday. If Hallquist pulls off an upset in the general election, she will become the nation's first transgender governor.

She said she plans to appeal to voters with a progressive message that includes a livable wage, Medicare for all, free public college education and high-speed broadband access even to those who live on remote back roads.

"That is what he has done in the past, and that is what he looks forward to happening in 2018", Sanders campaign spokeswoman Arianna Jones said. Originally meant to be a documentary about the Vermont electric company dealing with climate change, it also became a personal story as Hallquist came out as transgender to Derek during the making of the film.

"Vermonters are going to elect me on the platform".

Hallquist was born a man, but "transitioned" to a woman three years ago.

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While Scott, a first-term governor, was popular during his first two years in office, his approval rating plummeted after he signed a bill tightening gun restrictions in April.

Those measures included raising the age to buy firearms from 18 to 21, restricting the size of gun magazines and requiring background checks for most private gun sales. They are not going to elect me because of the fact that I'm transgender - that's the reality", Hallquist said, adding: "Obviously, nationwide it's significant, the first transgender governor.

Scott will seek re-election in November by continuing his pledge to make the state more affordable, not raise taxes or fees, foster a better environment for businesses and attract newcomers to the state.

While the candidate admits she voted for current sitting governor Phil Scott, a Republican, in 2016, she said that the current political climate, and particularly the policies and practices of President Trump spurred her to run for the Democrats this year.

And Vermont Democrats are okay with Sanders not taking the nomination, as they had been in 2006 and 2012.

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