Nevada Republicans Elect Trans Candidate in Primary
On Tuesday, transgender woman and political hopeful Lauren Scott defeated Adam Khan, earning her the chance to compete for the opportunity to represent Nevada's 30th district in the state assembly this November. Scott, a Republican, will face incumbent Democrat Michael Sprinkle in the general election November 4.
This marks the second time Scott has run for the seat, as she was previously defeated in the GOP primary during her 2012 bid.
Scott is a self-described moderate, running on a platform that highlights a focus on keeping taxes low, encouraging the integration of technical training into public education programs, stimulating local job growth, and focusing on renewable energy
"The overwhelming focus of my legislative efforts will be on addressing the high levels of unemployment in Nevada," a statement on Scott's campaign website reads. "We need to make Nevada more attractive to a wide range of businesses. By reducing energy costs, removing barriers to competition, encouraging rural development and supporting Nevada entrepreneurs, we can get Nevada working again."
As an active-duty member of the U.S. Air Force, Scott spent considerable time working at Nevada's Tonopah Test Range in support of F-117A Stealth Fighter Operations. A decorated veteran, Scott was involved in Operation Dessert Storm.
In 2012, Scott was named to the Nevada Equal Rights Commission by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. During her time on the commission, she's advocated for the advance of civil rights issues, working to bridge party gaps.