Friday, November 09, 2018

More Trans Candidates

Another trans candidate who won has come to light.
Monika Nemeth Makes History as the First Transgender Person to be Elected to a City Position in DC
"I never envisioned that I could be an out trans woman and be a public figure."
By Hayley Garrison Phillips
November 7, 2018

It’s late, around 11 o’clock on a Wednesday night in Adams Morgan, and 53-year-old Monika Nemeth stands outside Pitchers Bar on 18th Street, Northwest, in the misty late-night rain. She’s wearing a marine blue top with bell sleeves and a small pin at her chest declaring “Feminist With a To-Do List” perched just above her “I Voted” sticker.

Nemeth pulls up the DC Board of Elections voting results for her precinct on her phone and scrolls down to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission to check the voting stats.

“Unless they’ve updated it…” she starts, preparing to give me the latest numbers—earlier in the evening the count looked promising. But she pauses instead.

“They’ve updated the numbers,” Nemeth says quietly. “It’s official.”

And with that, DC’s first ever openly transgender elected official gained a seat in ANC 3F, which covers parts of Forest Hills, Wakefield, Van Ness, and North Cleveland Park, where Nemeth lives just around the corner from incumbent Bill Sittig. Nemeth took home 56.6 percent of the vote against Sittig’s 41.5 percent.
Only a few years ago I would never have thought a trans woman would run for office, we used to be a joke when we ran for office and now… we are winning!

Up in Vermont the candidate for governor had this to say about her candidacy.
Transgender gubernatorial nominee reflects on campaign
SF Gate
By Lisa Rathke, Associated Press
November 8, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The country's first major-party transgender candidate for governor said Thursday she doesn't know what she will do next now that she's lost the election in Vermont — but Christine Hallquist is keeping all of her options open.

Hallquist, a former utility executive who was a relative unknown at the start her Democratic campaign, won 40 percent of the votes in Tuesday's election against Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who took 55 percent.
She knew it would be uphill battle. Beating an incumbent governor doesn't happen often in Vermont. The last time was in 1962.
What did the incumbent have to say about the election?
In his victory speech, Scott thanked Hallquist for running a spirited and civil campaign.
However, Ms. Hallquist is facing a hate from the social media even after the election.
What has not been civil is the vitriol Hallquist has faced and still does on social media, which she said for the most part doesn't bother her.

"I pretty much ignore it because it's really reflective on the person, not necessarily me, and I'm sorry that people have their bias, and I think it's more a reflection on their insecurity because I don't even know how I could be perceived as a threat," she said.
I really am proud of all the trans people who ran for office, they did the community good… thank you.

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