Vermont Dem Becomes First Transgender Person To Be A Major Party Nominee For Governor In US

Christine Hallquist on Tuesday won the Vermont Democratic primary for governor, making her the first transgender candidate to win a major party’s nomination for a state’s chief executive post, according to The Hill.

Hallquist, a former chief executive of the Vermont Electric Coop, won 47 percent of the vote with 72 percent of precincts reporting, according to Vox.

In the last decade, transgender candidates have won election to two state legislative seats, seats on city councils in Minneapolis and a judgeship in the Bay Area, according to The Hill.

Hallquist will now face off with Gov. Phil Scott (R), who won his first term in 2016 by an eight-point margin, in November.