Christine Hallquist Wins Vermont Democratic Primary, Becomes First Transgender Major Party Candidate for Governor in U.S. History

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Christine Hallquist Wins Vermont Democratic Primary, Becomes First Transgender Major Party Candidate for Governor in U.S. History

August 14, 2018

Morrisville, VT—Christine Hallquist has won the Democratic primary to run for governor of Vermont, making her the first transgender nominee for governor from a major party in U.S. history.

Hallquist—who is among the 2018 endorsements from the National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund—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.

Mara Keisling, executive director of the NCTE Action Fund, offered her congratulations:

“When I started the National Center for Transgender Equality 15 years ago, I knew transgender people could and should lead this country into a more equitable and prosperous future. But the historic nature of Christine’s primary win cannot be overstated. Our mission as an organization is deeply rooted in bringing transgender people into the center of society, and Christine’s nomination is a massive step forward in that fight.

“We extend our most sincere congratulations to Christine and her family and hope every Vermonter knows she is the leader their state needs. The National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund will continue to work hard for Christine‘s victory.”