June 27, 2018 at 9:53 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Two transgender candidates make history in Md.

Sharon Brackett, gay news, Washington Blade

Sharon Brackett, founder of Gender Rights Maryland, on June 26, 2018, came in third in the primary for the 46th District Democratic Central Committee. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Two transgender women made history in Maryland on Tuesday.

Sharon Brackett, founder of Gender Rights Maryland, finished third in the primary for the 46th District Democratic Central Committee, which includes Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood. Laura Hart won a seat on the St. Mary’s County Democratic Central Committee.

Brackett in a statement described herself as a “pragmatic progressive” who is “hoping to bring a new energy and dynamic to the Central Committee in Baltimore.”

“I would like to believe that being trans is the least interesting thing about me, but I recognize the significance and the importance that this moment brings especially to thousands of trans individuals like myself who may have previously thought public office was unattainable,” she added. “Tonight’s victory is a testament that with hard work, dedication and an ‘infectious optimism’ that regardless of gender identity one can serve the public in any capacity.”

Beyer loses state Senate bid

State Del. Jeff Waldstreicher (D-Montgomery County) on Tuesday defeated Gender Rights Maryland Executive Director Dana Beyer in the race to succeed outgoing state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) by a 49.6-37 percent margin. Michelle Carhart finished third in the Senate District 18 race with 13.4 percent of the vote.

Beyer unsuccessfully challenged Madaleno in 2014.

Brackett in her statement described Beyer as a “friend” and “mentor” who “led by example by becoming the first trans woman to run for public office in the State of Maryland and paving the way to make this possible.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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