Christine Hallquist may become the first transgender governor of Vermont. On Tuesday, Hallquist won the state’s Democratic primary for its governorship, beating three other candidates, according to The New York Times. After becoming the first trans candidate to be nominated for a major political party, Vermont may be looking at the former utility executive as its next state leader.
“Tonight we made history. We already made history,” said Hallquist in an Associated Press video on election night. “I can handle all the bigotry and all the grief in the world to know that I’m supporting the people in a marginalized community.”
Hallquist is one of several LGBT candidates on ballots across the country for the 2018 primaries and midterm election. She is one of the candidates changing the face of American politics. Hallquist may just change Vermont’s politics if she defeats Republican incumbent Phil Scott in November.
“And it’s not just about the transgender community, it’s not just about the LGBT community, it’s about all marginalized communities,” Hallquist continued. “Vermont needs a vision that goes beyond the candidate, beyond the governor, and that’s what leaders should be doing.”