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Vermont businesswoman well-positioned to become America’s first transgender governor

WASHINGTON – Vermont businesswoman Christine Hallquist is well-positioned to become the first transgender governor in the U.S. following her victory in the state’s Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday.

“Christine’s victory is a defining moment in the movement for trans equality and is especially remarkable given how few out trans elected officials there are at any level of government,” Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, said in a statement on Tuesday evening. “Many thought it unthinkable a viable trans gubernatorial candidate like Christine would emerge so soon. Yet Vermont voters chose Christine not because of her gender identity, but because she is an open and authentic candidate with a long history of service to the state, and who speaks to the issues most important to voters.”

Hallquist, 62, is CEO of Vermont Electric Coop. She defeated four primary opponents in Tuesday’s contest and will face Gov. Phil Scott in the general election.

Scott faces the unusual predicament of being a Republican at the helm of the nation’s most liberal state. Since taking office in 2016 Scott has embraced socially liberal policies while implementing austerity measures.

Primaries were held in three other states Tuesday.

Minnesota:

Fifth Congressional District 

State Rep. Illhan Omar is well-positioned to become the first Somali-American woman elected to Congress following her victory in the Democratic primary.

Omar is running for the seat Rep. Keith Ellison (D) will vacate in January. Ellison won the Democratic nomination for Minnesota Attorney General on Tuesday.

The district is reliably Democratic.

Gubernatorial race

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) will face Rep. Tim Waltz (D) in the general election.

Recent polls showed a tight race in a hypothetical matchup.

Pawlenty served as governor from 2003-11. He unsuccessfully sought the 2012 Republican nomination for president.

Gov. Mark Dayton (D) has served two-terms and will leave office in January.

Minnesota law prohibits the governor from exceeding two consecutive terms.

U.S. Senate races

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) will face State Rep. Jim Newberger (R) in the general election.

A recent Emerson poll showed Klobuchar with a nearly two-to-one lead in a hypothetical matchup.

Klobuchar has served in the Senate since 2007 and is regarded as a moderate-liberal. Klobuchar has been mentioned as a potential 2020 presidential candidate.

Minnesota’s junior senator, Tina Smith (D), will face State Sen. Karin Housley (R) in the general election.

A recent Emerson poll showed the two candidates neck-in-neck in a hypothetical matchup.

Smith was appointed to the Senate in December following the resignation of Sen. Al Franken (D).

Wisconsin

Gubernatorial race

Gov. Scott Walker (R) will face Superintendent of Public Construction Tony Evers (D).

Recent polls showed Evers with a slight lead.

Walker assumed office in 2011 and is seeking a third term.  He is a staunch conservative.

Walker garnered national headlines during his first year in office amid a contentious dispute with public sector employee unions over the collective bargaining rights of state employees.

The dispute stemmed from the passage of legislation which made large budget cuts. The cuts resulted in teacher layoffs and decreased pension benefits.

Protests over the law culminated in an unsuccessful 2012 initiative to recall Walker from office.

Walker was re-elected by a comfortable margin in 2014.

First Congressional District 

Democrat Randy Byrce and Republican Bryan Steil are vying for the seat House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) will vacate in January.

The predominately white working-class district leans Republican.

Connecticut

Fifth Congressional District

Two-thousand-sixteen National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes is well-positioned to become the first African-American Democrat to represent Connecticut in Congress following her primary victory.

Hayes will face Ex-Meriden Mayor Manny Santos (R) in the general election.

The district is reliably Democratic.

This article is republished with permission from Talk Media News 


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Bryan Renbaum

Bryan is a reporter and political columnist with Baltimore Post-Examiner and has broken multiple stories involving athletic scandals. He has been interviewed by ABC's Good Morning America as well as Baltimore area radio stations. Bryan has both covered and worked in the Maryland General Assembly and is extremely knowledgeable of politics, voting patterns and American history. In addition to his regular duties, Bryan freelances for several publications and performs investigative research. He has a B.A. in Political Science. Contact the author.
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