Vermont’s Christine Hallquist Wins Primary, Could Be First Transgender Governor

Frederick Owens
August 15, 2018

Phil Scott defeated a challenge from Springfield businessman Keith Stern in his quest to win a second term.

Another notable candidate vying for the Democratic nomination in the gubernatorial race is Christine Hallquist, who would be the nation's first transgender governor if successful Tuesday, and in November. "Yet Vermont voters chose Christine not because of her gender identity, but because she is an open and authentic candidate with a long history of service to the state, and who speaks to the issues most important to voters".

Scott managed to win the gubernatorial election in 2016 as a Republican, despite the fact Hillary Clinton carried the state at the presidential level with 61% of the vote.

That may change now that Hallquist is the nominee, and she is likely to draw national attention - and fundraising dollars - because of the historic potential of her candidacy. Only 18 percent of Democrats had a favorable opinion of Hallquist, but 55 percent did not know who she was.

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'Vermonters looked at, 'What's Christine and her team going to do for Vermont?' 'We continue to demonstrate leadership in civil rights and how to honor and work with each other.

Hallquist, a married grandmother who transitioned to a woman in December 2015, supports a '$15 minimum wage, overdose prevention sites, and paid family leave insurance, ' according to the Burlington Free Press. She had the endorsement of the state party, while those supporting Nicholson outspent her by as much as $8 million. However, he has seen his approval rating plummet in recent months after he signed gun control legislation into law that raises the age to purchase firearms, bans bump stocks and limits the number of magazines people can possess.

The 62-year-old Hallquist is being supported by The Victory Fund, a political action committee that backs LGBTQ candidates across the country.

But despite praise for Sonneborn's "maturity" and political awareness, his campaign attracted calls for Vermont lawmakers to close the loophole.

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