November 6, 2018 at 10:26 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Hallquist falls short in Vt. governor’s race

Christine Hallquist would have been the first openly transgender person elected governor in the U.S. if she won Vermont’s gubernatorial race.

Christine Hallquist on Tuesday fell short in her bid to become the country’s first openly transgender governor.

Hallquist, who is the former CEO of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, lost to incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott by a 55-40 percent margin.

Hallquist is the first openly trans person in the U.S. to obtain a major party’s nomination in a gubernatorial race. Virginia state Del. Danica Roem, who is the first openly trans person seated in a state legislature, is among those who campaigned for Hallquist.

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

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