Tuesday, August 15, 2018, marks history in America and in the LGBTQI community with transgender gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist.
The Vermont Democrats have nominated Christine Hallquist as the first-ever transgender candidate for the party, or any party for that matter!
CNN.com projected the historical nomination before it was officially announced.
Hallquist will win the Democratic primary in Vermont, CNN projects, becoming the first transgender gubernatorial nominee for a major political party, a breakthrough of both substantial and symbolic importance for LGBTQ Americans, in particular, the trans community, which has for so long been shut out of the highest levels of elected office.
The CNN report also gave insight into Hallquist professional and personal background that seems to intermingle with one another.
A former energy company executive, Hallquist had established herself as a trailblazer before entering politics. She transitioned publicly during her time as leader of one of the state’s largest utilities, becoming the first CEO to do so while in the job, according to the Victory Fund, a political action committee backing Hallquist and “dedicated to electing openly LGBTQ people” up and down the ballot.
It seems as though Hallquist is yet another political outsider who is making a positive impression on voters — so much so that her transgender status isn’t at the forefront of voters minds, which is the way it should be.
Ironically, the positive response by the public for political outsiders took a high note with the election of President Donald J. Trump. But Hallquist stance is against that of our current president’s.
Hallquist campaigned on a promise to build up renewable energy and boost the state’s rural economy by expanding broadband access. Backed by the Justice Democrats, the same group that helped launch Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign in New York, along with the Working Families Party and Trans United Fund, Hallquist supports “Medicare for all,” raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and has pledged to address racial disparities in the state’s criminal justice system.
Hallquist fight isn’t over to win the Vermont governor seat but she is not backing down. In fact, she feels embolden to keeping trucking along in order to payback Vermonters for the kindness they have shown her with their continuous support.
“I was sure I was going to lose my job. I was sure I was going to lose respect. But that didn’t happen,” Hallquist said. “So this describes the beauty of Vermont. Now I’m at this point where I can’t do enough to give back to Vermont.”