Trans Candidates Are Storming the Halls of Power

Transgender candidates could make history in upcoming primary elections by securing Democratic Party nominations in races in three states. Transgender candidates are running for political office in unprecedented numbers in the United States this year. Reuters reports that Kim Coco Iwamoto is up for the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor of Hawaii on Saturday. Christine Hallquist leads in fundraising among Democrats seeking the nomination for governor of Vermont on Tuesday. And Alexandra Chandler is among 10 Democrats running in Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District on September 4. Any of them would be the first openly transgender person to win a major party nomination for such an office in the United States.

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