Christine Hallquist Makes History As The First Transgender Nominee For Governor

"Tonight we made history," Hallquist said.

On Tuesday, Christine Hallquist made history by becoming the first transgender candidate to be nominated for governor by a major party. Hallquist beat three other candidates in Vermont's Democratic primary.

"Tonight, we made history," Hallquist said at an election watch party. "I am so proud to be the face of the Democrats tonight."

Hallquist's win symbolizes the diversity of women from all backgrounds who are stepping up,  getting their names on the ballot, and making history.

"Christine's victory is a defining moment in the movement for trans equality and is especially remarkable given how few out trans elected officials there are at any level of government," Annise Parker, the chief executive of the LGBTQ. Victory Fund, told The New York Times. 

Hallquist's primary campaign focused on improving the state's energy and infrastructure as well as universal Medicare and fighting climate change. She will face Republican Phil Scott in the fall.

Cover image via Amanda Edwards/WireImage.

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