In Tuesday鈥檚 primaries in Vermont, former energy company executive Christine Hallquist is joining 14-year-old gubernatorial hopeful Ethan Sonnenborn on the ballot, making the race one to watch for reasons besides the age of the young candidate: Hallquist is the first openly transgender woman vying for the position. If elected, she would become the nation鈥檚 first openly transgender governor in history.

Hallquist is already a trailblazer. She was the first CEO to openly undergo gender transition while in her job at the Vermont Electric Cooperative in 2015 after 10 years on the job. She credits that life-changing moment for giving her the strength to run for governor.

鈥淚 tell people this isn鈥檛 the hardest thing I ever did. In fact, I think after transitioning everything else looks pretty easy,鈥 she told The Guardian聽last week.

And even though she鈥檚 getting media attention for her gender, the political hopeful believes that it鈥檚 her policies, which include better wages, clean energy, and human rights, that will inspire Vermonters to vote for her. Outside of the state, she wants to be an emblem of trans visibility.

鈥淭hat鈥檚 how I want to be known in Vermont,鈥 Hallquist, 62, told The Associated Pressabout her platform. 鈥淣ationally, I want to be known as the first trans candidate.鈥

The Victory Fund, an organization that promotes and supports LBGTQ+ candidates across the country called Hallquist a 鈥済ame changer.鈥

鈥淏ecause she is open and authentic about the fact that she is transgender, that immediately takes away all the questions, all the whispers, and instead allows people to focus on her personality and what she wants to do,鈥 Elliot Imse, communications director for the Victory Fund said in a statement. 鈥淧eople are liking what they鈥檙e hearing and that鈥檚 what鈥檚 really cool about Christine.鈥

While the candidate admits she voted for current sitting governor Phil Scott, a Republican, in 2016, she said that the current political climate, and particularly the policies and practices of President Trump spurred her to run for the Democrats this year.

鈥淭his is not a time in American history to sit back and be apathetic,鈥 she said at聽her first聽campaign event. 鈥淲e must be bold in the face of the headwinds from Washington, we must be bold in the face of continuing unpredictability from Congress, and we must be bold in the face of the chaos from the White House.鈥

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