Christine Hallquist, a hardhat-wearing former utility CEO, won the Democratic nomination to seek the office of Vermont governor in Tuesday's primary election. With the victory, she becomes the first transgender woman in the nation to win a major party endorsement to contend for a major office.
Hallquist bested three other candidates to take on incumbent Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican whose popularity has been skidding due to issues including his support for increased gun control. She was campaigning in White River Junction on Sunday.
The New York Times reports that Hallquist "is likely to draw national attention — and fund-raising dollars — because of the historic potential of her candidacy. 'She’ll raise more money and her message will get out there more,' said Eric Davis, an emeritus professor at Vermont’s Middlebury College. “ 'Even if she doesn’t get elected governor, the greatest contribution of her campaign could be to raise awareness about the issues transgender people face.' "