Transgender progressive Christine Hallquist wins Vermont governor primary

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She quit her job at the co-op earlier this year so she could run for office, saying Gov. Phil Scott his ignored the interests of rural Vermonters.

She enjoys name recognition as the former David Hallquist, the onetime chief executive of the Vermont Electric Cooperative who publicly transitioned to a female identity while leading the power utility in 2015.

Hallquist greets supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vermont. They include Alexandra Chandler, Massachusetts' first openly transgender candidate for Congress, and Kim Coco Iwamoto, who would be Hawaii's first transgender lieutenant governor if elected.

'The whole world is looking at this as a historic moment for a transgender candidate, but that's not what Vermont looked at, ' Hallquist said. "I went to bed, and of course like any other trauma I was in political depression and I just didn't know what to do".

The restrictions, which Scott signed into law in April, came after the arrest of a teenager on charges he was plotting a school shooting.

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"I tell people this isn't the hardest thing I ever did".

"I am so proud to be the face of the Democrats tonight", Hallquist said, addressing supporters at a victory party Tuesday night.

The Victory Fund, an organization that promotes and supports LBGTQ+ candidates across the country called Hallquist a "game changer". "In fact, I think after transitioning everything else looks pretty easy".

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