Christine Hallquist and Kim Coco Iwamoto Receive First 2018 Endorsements from NCTE Action Fund
August 1, 2018, Washington, DC – The National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund has endorsed its first two transgender candidates for public office in the 2018 election.
- Christine Hallquist for Governor of Vermont
- Christine Hallquist has called Vermont home for over forty years. For much of that time, she served as CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative, where she was a strong advocate for renewable energy. Her platform, which includes increasing access to health care, is focused on improving the lives of her fellow Vermonters. If elected, Christine would become the first openly transgender governor in U.S. history.
- Kim Coco Iwamoto for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
- Kim Coco Iwamoto is a long-time civil rights leader and champion of education running for Lieutenant Governor of Hawai‘i. She served for two terms on the Hawai‘i Board of Education and served on the Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission until 2016. When Kim Coco was elected to the Board of Education in 2006, she became the first transgender person in the United States to be elected to statewide office. As a foster parent, Kim Coco has been a lifelong advocate for children and has made equity in housing a central part of her campaign platform.
The National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund is committed to amplifying the voices of all transgender people at the local, state, and federal levels. For that reason, the organization supports candidates with consistent records and strong platforms that will move this country closer to equality for everyone.
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, Director of External Relations for the NCTE Action Fund, voiced her strong support for these candidates:
“Both of these candidates represent the strength and diversity of experience transgender people have to offer. They bring fresh ideas, fresh voices, and longstanding experience to policies affecting all Americans. They possess the bold leadership skills necessary to lead this country towards a more equitable future. For far too long, transgender people have been left out of the rooms where policies impacting us are made. Leaders like Christine and Kim Coco represent a future where every voice is heard.”