This week, trans politician Paula Overby released her Western-themed campaign video, "This Is Paula Country," as she vies to represent Minnesota's 2nd District in Congress.
Overby, a 59-year-old quality-assurance analyst from Eagan, Minn., believes she's the first openly transgender person to run for Congress from Minnesota, notes Towelroad.
Overby secured an uncontested endorsement by the Independent Party after dropping out of the race for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Minneapolis-based publication Pioneer Press reported in June. She hopes to oust Republican representative John Kline, who has represented Minnesota for over a decade.
In the video below, Overby explains her approach, saying, "People are fed up. ... We need to bring back freedom, individual liberties, and individual responsibilities. We need representation that represents the people."
In particular, Overby has announced her platform will address economic reform, focusing in part on her state's campaign financing system. She also took aim at incumbent Kline, saying, "We have one of those representatives who really is not doing very much in Washington. He's forgotten what it's like to live in our district."
According to Towelroad, Kline has previously voted against LGBT employment protections, voted to repeal the Affordable Care Acy 54 times, is against raising the minimum wage, stem cell research, funding climate change studies, and same-sex marriage.
Watch the video below to hear why Overby thinks Kline should be sent "back to Texas."