Hallquist falls short in Vt. governor’s race

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Christine Hallquist on Nov. 6 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.

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Vermont governor’s race heating up as it heads into October

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) | Heading into October, the Vermont governor’s race, which pits a former utility executive making her first bid for elected office against a popular Republican incumbent in a liberal state, is starting to heat up as both sides begin airing ads and holding debates and other events.

The race between Democrat Christine Hallquist and Republican Gov. Phil Scott has been largely quiet since the August primary; the two candidates have so far only met once.

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Vermont’s transgender candidate getting death threats

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) | Vermont’s transgender gubernatorial candidate said Tuesday she’s been getting a steady stream of death threats and other personal attacks since her candidacy began to draw attention from across the country and the world.

Christine Hallquist, who won Vermont’s Democratic gubernatorial primary last week, said most of the threats, which began before she won the nomination, have been coming from outside of Vermont, although during her primary campaign it was not unusual for people to yell insults at her during parades and other public appearances.

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In first, trans candidate wins major party nomination for governor’s race

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In a historic moment, Christine Hallquist won the Democratic nomination Tuesday to run to become the next Vermont governor, making her the first transgender candidate ever to obtain a major party nomination in a gubernatorial race.

The Associated Press declared Hallquist, former CEO of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, won the Democratic Party in Vermont at 9:14 pm shortly after polls closed at 7 pm. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Hallquist obtained 48 percent of the vote, compared to 22 percent for environmental activist James Ehlers, 21 percent for progressive activist Brenda Siege and 8 percent high school student Ethan Sonneborn. (Vermont has no age requirement for candidates.)

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Vermont exec would be nation’s first transgender governor

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP)| A former energy company executive from Vermont has a shot at becoming the nation’s first transgender governor — but she says that’s not the main reason she’s running.

Christine Hallquist says that in the run-up to Tuesday’s primary, people are finally beginning to pay attention to the race, but her status as a transgender woman isn’t what’s on their minds. Rather, she says, voters want to know what she can do to help them get higher-paying jobs, provide health care for their families and better educate their children.

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