The first openly transgender person ever to run for a governorship in the United States has won her Democratic primary.
Not only is Hallquist the first openly transgender person to run for a governorship, but she is also the first to win the backing of a major party.
Her victory in Vermont hopefully signals the end of a long era in which the trans community has been shut out of federal politics.
But Hallquist is no stranger to being first.
She began her rise to political stardom as the head of one of Vermont’s largest utility companies when she made the choice to transition publicly; and, you guessed it, she was one of the first in her state to do so.
“My path to being my authentic self was certainly not easy. However, it’s always been important to me to live openly and honestly. I chose to transition in a very public way because I felt I owed it to those at Vermont Electric Cooperative who put their trust in me.” — Hallquist
Hallquist ran on a platform of expanding renewable energy, boosting the local economy through broadband expansion in rural areas, and addressing racial disparities within the justice system.
Hallquist is one of more than 400 LGBTQ candidates running for election this cycle and will face off against incumbent Republican Governor Phil Scott.
Iron Triangle Press will continue to follow these elections.